Performer: The Central Command Variety Ensemble
Year Released: 1968
Credits: words by Yoram Taharlev; music by Yair Rosenblum
Comments: This song celebrates a grueling battle that was waged at the site of a police station built by the British in northern Jerusalem on a site called “Ammunition Hill”. During the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab Legion conquered sections of northern Jerusalem which resulted in the creation of an Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus which was cut off from the rest of Israeli Jerusalem. Ammunition Hill became one of the Jordanians’ fortified positions preventing the two segments from being united. During the 1967 Six-Day war, on June 6th, Israeli paratroopers were sent to capture the position but had received erronious information seriously underestimating the strenth of the Jordanian force at the position. Made up of bunkers and trenches the paratroopers fought a tough battle in which they conquered the position, enabling Israeli forces to liberate the Old City, though the force lost 37 soldiers.