This photo was taken after the only operational drop of Israeli paratroopers. It took place during the 1956 Suez war, at the "Mitle" passage in the Sini peninsula.
The original black and white photo was take by Avraham Vered, the "Israeli Robert Capa".
A war photographer for the "Ba'machane" army jurnal, who later received a medal of courage for his work.
The photo shows troops from the 890 battalion getting ready for the upcoming fight wich took the lives of 49 soldiers. The landing of the paratroopers at the "Mitle" was the opening act of this war. Later on this parachuting maneuver was criticized as unnecessary action that could have been avoided.
In honor of Israel's 9th independence day, an all star "Hapoel Israel" team of soccer players came to Brookline NY to play against the "NY all star" team.
The honorary kickwas given to Marilyn Monroe.
Before preforming here kick Marilyn Monroe circled Ebbets Field stadium in a car escorted by boy scouts troops and Yaacov hodorov, the Israel team golly.
This photo is my colorized version of an original black and white photo.
My colors where based on other color photos taken during this event.
This photo was a part of my Israel's 70th independence celebrations, special project by the Israeli major newspaper "Yediot Aharonot"
This is the original photo taken by Eliyahoo Atar.
This photo was taken almost at the same time as my colorized photo
Here are some more photos from that same event and a description of what took place that day in May 12, 1957 at Ebbets Field against the New York Stars team.
Some 45,000 spectators - most of them Jewish - turned out to watch and were in their seats more than three hours before the kickoff.
A special ceremony celebrating Israel's ninth Independence Day preceded the game as the Hapoel players were driven around the stadium several times in Cadillac limousines.
Yaakov Hodorov was particularly lucky, being seated as he was, next to Marilyn Monroe. Not one to let the occasion pass him by, he used the time to talk to the screen star, sending the journalists' cameras flashing. The spectacular parade included a march-by by the boy scouts, the NYPD, and firefighters, New York mayor Robert Wagner, Brooklyn borough president John Cashmore and three congressmen: Republicans Javitz and Ives and Democrat Carroll. The parade also included delegations from the Italian-U.S. and Irish-U.S. organizations, colleges and war veterans, but the loudest cheer was saved for Israel's ambassador, Abba Eban.
Marilyn Monroe had the honor of kicking the match off - and did so three times for the benefit of the throng of photographers who were present. And it was an impressive kickoff at that; with her hair blowing in the breeze, sleeves rolled up, Monroe gave the ball a sharp right-footed kick.
The game then got under way with referee William Smolberg flanked by captains Hodorov and America's Eddie Vaterem.
The Israelis played in the following lineup: Hodorov, Zinovich, Mordechovich, Lefkowitz, Zilberstein, Haldi, Blut, Stelmach, Koffman, Rosenboim and Nahari.
The Americans' most notable player was Terry Sprinthorpe of English club Wolverhampton Wanderers who split from his teammates when the club had toured the U.S., deciding to stay behind in the Big Apple rather than to return to the grimy, industrial surroundings of Wolverhampton in the English Midlands.
The American midfield was also bolstered by two Brazilian players, Stefo and Petpet, but the crowd was overawed by Hodorov's long goal kicks. Sprinthorpe was not the only player to stay behind in the U.S: Israel's Zinovich also split from his teammates and settled there, becoming a leading rocket scientist.