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1948 PALMACH Jerusalem mail PRE-APO 5 postmark: 22 May/early June era stampless undated cover sent from soldier Natan Levin at army unit post office KABA 219/3, self identified in the return address as belonging to "Company A" (Pluga Alef) - of the Yiftach brigade of the Palmach, and addressed to the British Institute in JERUSALEM; the front is tied 2x by the triangular handstamp of KABA 219 - but bears no subsequent transit mark of a regional APO such as APO 5 for the Jerusalem area. The cover was likely sent prior to the introduction of use of the APO 5 handstamp, whose earliest document date of use is 4 June 1948 (and after 20 May when the army postal service began).

The use of a subdivided unit post office number confirms that the number was issued for use in Jerusalem as this is documented by Kanner & Spiegel as an expedient measure employed specifically there. As the sender identifies himself as belonging to "Company A", the cover definitely pre-dates the absorption of the Palmach into the Israeli Army, in Nov. 1948.

Rare postal history as few examples of Jerusalem-bound army mail are seen without the requisite APO 5 army postmark. Precisely at this time elements of the Yiftach brigade were transferred from north-central Israel to participate in operations to open the road to Jerusalem, specifically to attack the fortress at Latrun held by the Arab Legion, in "Operation Yoram". Opened gently at back.