The Ayalon Institute`s fascinating story is about a top secret operation that took place during the years between the end of World War 2 and Israel`s independence.
The ammunition plant was built almost under the noses of the British, who had a nearby base.
Under the code name "the Ayalon Institute," a group of pioneers from the Hatzofim Aleph movement and members of the Haganah (and, later, joined by members of the Palmach) dug a large underground chamber 300 square yards 13 feet underground with nearly 2-foot-thick walls and ceiling. The entire project was completed in 22 days. To conceal the clandestine project, the Jews built housing, a dining hall, chicken coop, cow barn, workshops, a laundry a bakery, and a vegetable garden to give the outward appearance of an ordinary kibbutz.
A visit includes an audio-visual presentation and a guided tour of the museum.
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