Major General Shlomo Shamir passed away 19/05/09 at the age of 94 I had the privilege to know him for the past few years http://www.olinfilms.com/brigade/resources/bios/shamir.html General Shlomo Shamir was born in Russia and had worked as an artist and electrician before becoming a professional soldier. As a twenty-eight year old lieutenant he, unbeknownst to the British, was the commanding officer of all Haganah personnel in the Jewish brigade. In the War of Independence, Shamir was put in charge of the 7th Brigade. He and Mickey Marcus, a former colonel in the American Army, led the 7th in building ³the Burma Road² through the mountains and lifting the seige of Jerusalem. He also led the ill-fated attacks on the Arab encampment at Latrun. Later, General Shamir would also serve as Commander of the Israel Air Force and Admiral of its Navy.