Mysterious weapon found wrapped in 1950s newspaper preservation work

A rifle that was most likely produced in 1915 and was utilized by British soldiers during the British Mandate was found in an external wall of a hut wrapped in a Herut newspaper from 1951. The weapon that was called the “British rifle” raises many questions, such as who hid it and why?
The “British rifle” found in the hut Photo Credit: Zikhron Ya’akov Local Council/Channel 2 News

A historical rifle most likely produced in 1915 that was utilized by British soldiers during the British Mandate was discovered inside a concealed wall wrapped in a Herut newspaper from 1951 within an old hut during preservation work in Zikhron Ya’akov. The weapon was transferred to the Israel Police, while the local council hopes for its return in order to display it in a local museum. “This is definitely a puzzle that needs to be cracked,” stated Zikhron Ya’akov’s Historical Archives Director Liron Gurfinkel.

“Who owned the weapon? When was it used? Was it simply forgotten inside of the wall or was it kept a secret?” Gurfinkel wondered. “If so, what were the motives to hide it and why was it kept a secret until today? These are all very interesting questions to answer.”

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The rifle was hidden inside Herut newspaper from 1951 Photo Credit: Zikhron Ya’akov Local Council/Channel 2 News

The rifle found hidden inside the hut’s external wall, a Lee-Enfield, was discovered along with a number of magazines oiled and stored within a canvas holster with the year imprinted upon it. The rifle called a “British rifle” and an “English rifle” in Israel was used by military forces around the world, including those of some Arab countries and the Jewish underground prior to the State of Israel’s establishment.



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