Israel Defense Forces
This medal was struck in copper (42mm)
The battalion's monument was erected 10 years before this medal was issued, in 1951 by the architect Gustav Meyerstein, in the area where the battalion fought in the War of Independence (1947-49), near Kibbutz Negba.
The three arrows at the peak of the monument symbolize the forces of the southern front in operation "Yoav", which breached the Egyptian closure on the Negev desert. On the monument is the legend "To the wanderer on your way down to the Negev - remember us".
This battalion was disbanded after the War of Independence.
This is a very rare medal. We have seen this offered for sale at $100.