The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
21st and 22nd March, 1948 - Gun battles and sunbathing - a strange mix...
I was awakened at five this morning by the
sounds of heavy explosions and intense automatic fire. This lasted for about a quarter of an hour
then finished. I got up at , just in time for breakfast.
The weather was really lovely today and all
over the camp B/Cs were to be seen stripped to the waist and endeavouring to
obtain at least a semblance of a tan in the remaining weeks before going home.
The duty today was as usual very dull. The sergeant on with us was one who had been
unfortunate enough to be on the same job when the Work Shops were supposedly
robbed of £5000 worth of materials. He
is therefore rather careful now in his placing of the guards.
In an endeavour to take home at least a
little of the picture they imagine Palestine to be at home, I joined
in the general body exposure around the camp this morning. It reminded me of an article I once read on
sun bathing. This article I remember was
very revolutionary expounding facts which show that no medical advantages are
to be gained from sun bathing. The
author said the only advantage gained was that of a beautifying tan if one was
fortunate enough to avoid the more common lobster hue of the overbathed.
One of the B/Cs on duty with me was even so
keen on “tanning” himself that during his two hours guard in the inner yard of
the workshops he stripped to the waist with his rifle across his knee.