A brigade was formed in 1944 as part of the British Army and fought with distinction in Italy. It was the first all Jewish 'army', and knowledge of its existence and its role in defeating the Nazis gave an immense boost to Jews everywhere. After the war the brigade helped Jewish refugees beat the British blockade of Palestine. Having fought in the War, author Morris Beckman was the founder member of the 43 Group of Jewish ex-servicemen who attacked and destroyed Mosley's emergent Fascist party in a protracted campaign in the late 1940s.
Morris Beckman was born in London and took part in the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the Second World War. He was a founding member of the '43 Group' of Jewish ex-servicemen, which attacked and destroyed Mosley's emergent Fascist party in a protracted campaign in the late 1940s. Author of several books, his history of the '43 Group' was published in 1992.