When eighteen-year-old David Levi is arrested together with his father and friends and deported from their home in Palestine by the Turks, none of them knows what the future holds. But their spirits soar when they are offered the chance to enlist with the newly formed Zion Mule Corps, a service unit of Jewish soldiers commanded by the legendary ex-Russian war hero Joseph Trumpeldor. Their orders: to help the British army in its WWI Gallipoli offensive. David and his friends grow to manhood in the trenches, fighting first in the Zion Mule Corps and later with Zev Jabotinsky s dream unit, the Jewish Legion. Fighting from the Jerusalem Hills to Es-Salt, and from Es-Salt to Um Es-Shert near the Dead Sea, the Jewish Legion makes a significant contribution to General Allenby's successful drive to expel the Turks from Palestine. This eminently readable historical novel takes us on a journey to the dawning of the modern State of Israel, leading up to the days of the British Mandate for Palestine. Narrated with humour, gripping battle scenes, and a touching love story, "Of Guns & Mules" makes the history of pre-state Israel come alive.
Born in Trowbridge, UK, David Lawrence-Young made aliyah to Israel in 1968. After serving in the IDF (armored infantry), he earned his BA in English literature from Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He also holds an MA in English literature from Tel Aviv University; his thesis was on WWI poetry. Lawrence-Young has lectured and taught English and history in high schools and universities. He is a regular contributor to Forum, the Israeli English teachers magazine, and also to Skirmish, a UK military history journal. His previous books include a textbook Communicating in English and three historical novels: Tolpuddle; Gunpowder, Treason and Plot; and Of Plots and Passions. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.