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Adan (seen on the pole) raising the ink flag

Avraham "Bren" Adan (Hebrew: אברהם "ברן" אדן‎, born October 1926) is a former Israeli general who served in the military between 1947 and 1973.


Adan was born in Kfar Gileadi, British-Mandate Palestine in 1926. He joined the Palmach, in 1943. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War he was a company commander in the Negev Brigade, which captured the Jordanian outpost of Umm-Rashrash, now known as Eilat, at the southeastern-most tip of the newly created country. It was he who raised the Ink Flag claiming the territory for Israel, as can be seen in the famous photograph of the flag.

During the 1956 Suez War, Lieutenant Colonel Adan commanded the 82nd battalion of the 7th Armoured Brigade in the Sinai and defeated several Egyptian forces in that area. During the June, 1967 Six-Day War, Adan was the deputy commander of an armored division fighting again in the Sinai. Major General Adan was defending the northern portion of the Israeli defense along the Suez Canal when the October, 1973 Yom Kippur War started. As the commander of the 162nd Division his division suffered severe losses from October 6 to October 8, in repeated attempts to stop the Egyptian attack and push it back across the canal. Later on during the war he directed his unit to cross into Egyptian territory just north of the Great Bitter Lake during Operation Stouthearted Men. He then maneuvered his unit southward to Suez City, where his unit surrounded the Egyptian Third Army.

Between 1974 and 1977, he served as the Armed Forces Attache at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.


  • "Up to the Ink Flag"
  • "On the Banks of the Suez."


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