Amichai "Gidi" Paglin
(1922 - 1978)
Amichai Paglin was born in Tel Aviv in 1922. At the age of 17, he joined
From 1944 onwards he was involved in action against the British and was
recognized as an intrepid fighter and talented commander.
In April 1946, he was appointed chief operations officer of the Irgun and member of the General
Headquarters, after his predecessor, Eitan Livni,
was arrested by the British.
Paglin, endowed with rare leadership qualities, was responsible for the
planning and organization of numerous important actions, such as the blowing up of the King David Hotel and the Acre jail break. He was also
highly inventive and succeeded in manufacturing weapons, including mortars,
mines and flame-throwers.
Before the British evacuation, he was in charge of organizing and
equipping the Irgun units, which
took part in the fight against the Arab invaders. Paglin led the Irgun force which occupied Jaffa.
Sources: The Irgun Site