This website is a living memorial to a true hero, Jaques Bar, whose military credits include; The Capture Of Haifa 1948 without which the Israeli State would have never been created foiling the British Plans that forced them to leave, and opened the door to arms and refugees to enter the newly created state.
The Dnieper River Crossing (Ford Of Tatars) in which Jaques had a large hand in the successful evacuation of 1 to 2 million Soviet troops along with all modern equipment. Escaping a German pincer movement in late July 1941, while Jaques was a captain in Soviet Special Forces serving as an aide to Andre Kirilinko, who was one of Stalin's lieutenants.
Departing Russia in December 1941 after joining the Polish Army for a job to build a road to China through Burma. Leaving Tajikistan via Afghanistan, arriving in Bombay India where changes in plans had occurred, and he was sent to join Andres' Polish II Corps in Iran.
The Polish Army saw action in Iraq, along with Jaques in putting down the Kurdish uprising in 1942 before heading for Djibouti to relieve the French garrison from the Italians who had encircled it. Escaping in an empty oil tanker with all aboard, only to be sunk off the Saudi Arabian coast and experiencing two days of horror. With the ship burning, and sharks cruising around it, making swimming the few miles to shore not an option, after many had tried, only to be eaten by the sharks. Saved by a British destroyer after this, Jaques joins in the battles in North Africa against Rommel in Tobruk and disarming mines in the Battle of El Alamein of Oct. 23, 1942 - "The End Of The Beginning" - as Churchill stated, upon Montgomery's victory, which was the first against the Germans in WWII.
In August and September 1943 around 5,000 Jews deserted the British Eight Army Polish II Corps while in Palestine prior to their departure to Sicily. These highly trained and experienced men from all areas of the military were the key building blocks for the future Israeli military, enabling it to defeat the Arabs in 1948 and create The State of Israel.
Jaques' mother Laura Imber a Zionist leader in Lvov/Stry Poland before the Second World War and (her father an accomplished military engineer in the Austro-Hungarian Empire) the cousin of Naftali Imber who wrote the words to the Israeli National Anthem - Hatikvah. His great focus and zeal was to honor her since he believed that she had perished like most of his family.
Mr. Bar wrote his memoirs in 1988/89 upon the request of his eldest son Yoram to leave some documentation about events that were major and that he had a hand in their outcomes. Seeing his health slipping away along with the falling of the Soviet Union that had set the tone since WWII, Jaques agreed and put down on paper his experiences noting that all was in "GOD'S HANDS".
In 1990 prior to his death an attempt was made by his son to get 60 Minutes to do a piece on Israel's creation by interviewing Mr. Bar, to which Don Hewitt stated in a telephone conversation; " we didn't put out the original story about Israel's creation and therefore we have no responsibility in correcting it" making it clear that other powers were at play in preserving the tales that most have grown up with to stick.
Since the advent of the Internet/web the power of the media has been reduced greatly with the fragmented market share that made spinning their versions no longer as possible rather than deal with who, why, when, where and how which should be the first and last focus rather than creating stories and promoting people whose views they prefer for whatever reason than the truth.