On Christmas Day there was peace, if not good will, among men of the Holy Land. Then, two nights after Christmas, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv felt the shudder of bombs.

In Jerusalem the target was the central police building. Amid a rat-tat-tat of diversionary Tommy-gun fire, terrorists hurled bombs through a window. A whole section of the building collapsed in the explosion. A similar, simultaneous assault was made on the Jaffa police station. In Tel Aviv one objective was the Royal Engineers' Armory. Terrorists and troops (both sides wearing British uniforms and steel helmets) fought a swift, confused battle in...

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