Friday, December 17, 2021


This is coolbert:

"White hunter is a literary term used for professional big game hunters of European or North American backgrounds who plied their trade in Africa, especially during the first half of the 20th century. . . . " 

"The term 'great white hunter' emphasizes the racial and colonial aspects of the profession, as well as its colorful aspects."

Here with two men of the Imperial British period, "great white hunters" who stood tall when called to the colors during World War One.

1. W D. M. Bell. Karamojo Bell.

"At the outbreak of the First World War, Bell was hunting in the French Congo and immediately headed back to England and began to learn to fly. He enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps, becoming a reconnaissance pilot in Tanganyika (present day Tanzania) . . .  Later, he became a Flight Commander in Europe, flying Bristol Fighters."

"Bell was mentioned in dispatches for the first time in 1916. By the end of the war he had received this distinction five times. He was awarded the Military Cross in June 1916 which was presented by General Smuts, and received a bar . . . for service in Greece and France. Bell was discharged in April 1918 for medical reasons (stated on his discharge papers as 'nervous asthma' and was permitted to retain his rank of captain."


2. John Henry Patterson.

Serving British military officer prior to the period of the Great War [WW1] famous for his killing of the man-eating mane-less male lions deemed the Tsavo lions.

It can be argued that Patterson was not per se a Great White Hunter by trade or profession. Was a military man and engineer but for the purposes of this blog entry he will be considered to be so.

Even beyond that Patterson during the Great War known additionally for his command of the Zion Mule Corps.

Jewish soldiers organized as a distinct units consisting only [?] of Jews.

"Patterson served in the First World War. Although he was himself a Protestant, he became a major figure in Zionism as the commander of both the Zion Mule Corps and later the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (also known as the Jewish Legion) which would eventually serve as the foundation of the Israeli Defence Force [IDF] decades later. The Zion Mule Corps, which served with distinction in the Gallipoli Campaign has been described as 'the first Jewish fighting force in nearly two millennia'.'"

From Zion Mule Corps to IDF? Not 100 % but it did demonstrate to the leaders of the Zionist movement what was possible.


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