Palestine Command

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Palestine Command
British Forces in Palestine and Trans-jordan
Active 1922–1948
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Command
Garrison/HQ Jerusalem
Last commander Gordon MacMillan
Sir Archibald Wavell

Palestine Command was a British military command in Mandatory Palestine and the Emirate of Transjordan.


The command was formed in February 1922 with the objective of controlling all British forces in Mandatory Palestine.[1] In 1930, following an outbreak in hostilities between the Jewish and Arab populations, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment and the 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment were deployed to Palestine.[1] In September 1936, following an escalation in violence, Lieutenant-General Sir John Dill was despatched there.[1] After the Second World War, with the immigration of Jews, tensions increased further and 1st Infantry Division arrived in Palestine.[1] In May 1948 the United Kingdom's mandate ended and British troops withdrew the following month.[1]


Commanders were as follows:[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Palestine and Trans-jordan 1930-1947". British Military History. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
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