(1919 - 1982)
Haim Laskov (b. Belorussia, Russia)
was Israel's fifth Chief of staff. He decided to immigrate to Palestine in 1925, where he studied at the Reali High School in Haifa.
Unfortunately his father was killed by a group of Arabs in 1930.
Laskov decided to join the Haganah in 1932, where he served in the field companies from 1939-1940. During
the Second World War, he
chose to volunteer for one of the Palestinian Jewish units of the British
army from 1941-1946. In 1944, he commanded a mechanized machine gun
platoon in Italy, experience that
would later help him to command a similar battalion in the Israeli army
during the battles of Latrun, Nazareth, and Galilee.
However, it was not until 1947 that he made the decision to commit to
the Haganah as a staff member.
During Israel's War
of Independence, Laskov was promoted to alfur (Brigadier
general), and the director of training,: a position he was committed
to until 1951. At the time he commanded the first ever wartime officers'
course in 1948, in addition to commanding a battalion during Israel's Operation Nachshon, the
79th armored battalion of the 7th Brigade, and the 7th Brigade. He was
also the commanding officer of Operation
In 1951, Laskov became the commander of the Israeli
Air Force, a position he held until 1953, when he left Israel to
study at Oxford University. In 1955, Laskov was recalled, and and appointed
deputy chief of general staff. In 1956, he was awarded the position
of commanding officer of the armored corps, in addition to leading a
divisional task force on the northern axis during the 1956
Sinai War. After the campaign Laskov was appointed the commanding
officer of the southern command, and once gain became the chief of the
general staff of the Israeli Defense Force in 1958.
After years of devoted and successful service, Laskov
retired in 1961 to become the director general of the ports authorities.
Although, he resigned in 1970, he continued his work for Israel by getting
involved in various other organizations. He also served as Ombudsman
(1972) for the military, that is, the person to whom soldiers can report
misconduct or orther concerns about the orders and actions of military
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