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Men of Valor

Peter Bailey tells you of the huge debt owed to the heroes of Israel's many wars.

The premier award for bravery in the Israel Defense Forces is the Medal of Valor (Hebrew עיטור הגבורה).


There have been only 40 recipients of this medal since 1948. Men of Valor, tells the stories of these 40 modern heroes of Israel in a biographical format.


Read about these latter-day heroes, their origins, commanders, comrades in arms, meritorious acts of gallantry and lives in the aftermath of the award.


50% of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to AWIS,  the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers. Visit to learn about AWIS.

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Inside the Book


Moshe Tal – Displaced Person

Moshe Tal was born on 27 January 1947 in Föhrenwald Displaced Persons camp in Germany, to Pinhas and Lenti Blumenthal.


This D.P. Camp had originally been built by IG Farben in 1939 to provide accommodation for the staff of its nearby munitions factories. During the course of the Second World War, Föhrenwald became a slave labour camp, housing the slave labour employed in the munitions factories.


After the area had been liberated by the American Army in 1945, it became a Displaced Persons Camp, home to a mix of Jewish, Yugoslavian, Hungarian, and Baltic refugees. Many of the residents were survivors of the Death March from Dachau Concentration whose route took them past Föhrenwald, where they were liberated, and then housed in the camp.


Lieutenant Moshe Tal was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valour for his heroic action during the battle for Khan Younis. The citation for his medal reads “On 5 June, 1967, near Gaza

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