Zion Mule Corps
In February 1915, a small committee in Alexandria approved a plan of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Joseph Trumpeldor to form a military unit from Russian born Jews who had infiltrated Palestine. The idea being that would participate in the British effort to “liberate” Palestine from the Ottoman Empire. Of course it will not be long before Rothschild and his Balfour Declaration of 1917 “liberates” Palestine from British hands. Meanwhile, the British commander General Maxwell met a delegation, led by Jabotinsky, on 15th March. The General said he was unable, under the Army Act, to enlist ‘foreign nationals’ as fighting troops, but that he could form them into a volunteer transport Mule Corps. Jabotinsky rejected the idea and left for Europe to seek other support for a Jewish unit, but Trumpeldor accepted it and began recruiting volunteers from among the Jews currently infiltrating Palestine. The British Army formed 650 of them into the Zion Mule Corps. It disbanded on 26th May 1916 and in August 1917 the formation of a Jewish battalion was officially announced. The unit was designated as the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and included Jewish members of the British army as well as members of the former Zion Mule Corps and a large number of Jews from Russia. In April 1918, it was joined by the 39th Battalion, raised at Fort Edward, Nova Scotia, which was made up almost entirely of Jews who were resident in the United States and Canada.