Raising the ‘Ink Flag’

Raising the ‘Ink Flag’

Credit:(Photo: Micha Perry/GPO)

Avraham Adan

Lived: October 5, 1926 – September 28, 2012

Why you should know him: An Israeli major general who served in the IDF from 1947 until 1973, Adan raised the Ink Flag during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

Born in what was then British-mandate Palestine, Avraham Adan joined the Palmach (the precursor to the IDF) at the age of 17. Serving during Israel’s fight for independence, he would become famous the next year for his actions captured in the above photograph. After his brigade Adan commanded captured the Jordanian outpost of Umm Rashrash (which we now know as the Israeli city of Eilat),  an Israeli flag was crafted from a bedsheet, some ink, and a star taken from a first-aid kit. Adan then crawled up the pole and raised the flag high.

That same year, Adan joined the IDF’s Armored Corps and founded its first Sherman tank unit. In 1956, he commanded an armored brigade during the Suez War, defeating Egyptian forces in the Sinai. He continued to command the Armored Corps until after the Six-Day War of 1967. He was defending the Suez Canal when the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973. While stopping Egyptian attacks, his division suffered major losses, but then crossed the canal and surrounded the Egyptian Third Army. After this war, he left the IDF after a lifetime of service, later serving as the Armed Forces Attaché at Israel’s embassy in the U.S. And it was this lifetime of service that can best be summed up by the photo that shows Avraham Adan proudly raising the flag of the nation he fought for for so many years.

Tags: Israelis You Should Know

More From Fellowship Blog

Fellowship Blog

The Fellowship Sets Up Emergency COVID-19 Fund

The good work of The Fellowship continues amid a global pandemic still impacting the everyday life of Jews in Israel and throughout the world.

Fellowship Blog

Faces of The Fellowship: Hava

Hava has unbelievable spirit for her age — 94 years old. She doesn’t let herself sit still. Her motto is: “If you want to stay alive, get up and move!”

Fellowship Blog

Yoni Netanyahu – One of Israel’s Most Courageous Warriors

The older brother of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoni Netanyahu was known for his role as commander of the elite IDF commando unit Sayeret Matkal.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.