The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 4 February 2013
17th January, 1947 - Ron on night guard duty... the first of many.
Friday, 17th January, 1947
A very good night on guard.
Cold wind but dry. T.A.C. from could not speak much English & was inclined to
be lazy. I slept from then went on guard from to with a new T.A.C. This one was
very cheerful and wide awake & spoke very good English. He was a Moslem and told me of his religion. I told him of English ways of farming. This last guard soon went by. Came off at .
Mugshots of Menachem Begin, arrested 1940 Commander of the Irgun from 1943 - 1948 source: wikipedia.org
No P.T. Inspected on Parade by B.I. Trehern - not too good a turn
out. Blanchard displeased, so stiff
Drill. Fine all day. Heard that N.M.O. has declared they will kill
any policeman they find, where the chances of their being caught are few. Not a new threat however. C.I.D. Bulletin report Arab castrated after
acquittal on charge of raping Jewish Girl.
Jews in trucks. [ -Can't say I really understand this remark!] Wrote home (3).
 The NMO, or "National Military Organisation in the Land of Israel" was also known as The Irgun. This was regarded as a terrorist organisation with the Zionist goal of creating an Israeli state - it's logo; a fist gripping a rifle, with the legend 'Only Thus'. The Irgun Commander in Chief at this time was Menachem Begin - later to become 6th Prime Minister of Israel