The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Thursday 31 January 2013
Monday, 13th January, 1947 - heavy rain and tempestuous times
Monday, 13th January, 1947
It started raining during the night & the camp was as good
as flooded when we awoke this morning.
Fortunately, the larger of the rocks used in marking the roadway were
still above water so we kept fairly dry of foot when we went to the dining hall
for our breakfast. It has rained and
hailed periodically all day. No parade,
work in barracks.
Heard officially of last night’s disturbances in Haifa. A Jew, in
Police uniform, drove an army truck loaded with explosives into the M.T. yard
of the Police Headquarters. He
dismounted and made to leave the station.
He was challenged by a Temp. Addit. Policeman whom he fooled by pointing
over his shoulder to two imaginary sergeants.
He hit T.A.C. when off his guard and ran away. T.A.C. discharged four rounds after him which
aroused the station. The security
officer ordered the 120 in the station to their safety positions in time
before the truck went up killing 3 British and 3 T.A.C’s. There is always a petty rising among the wogs after a blow up.
Letter from home.
 T.A.C. were Temporary Additional Constables drawn from the Jewish community  I refer the reader to my discussion of racist language in the first post of this blog