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The Six Day War. An Israeli paratrooper near the Wailing Wall during the assault on Jerusalem.
Gelatin silver print
Imperial War Museum
Photograph © Don McCullin
In 1966, Don McCullin joined the staff of the pioneering Sunday Times Magazine in the UK. The Six Day War between Israel and neighbouring Arab states was his first major war assignment for the Magazine. Keeping pace with a fast moving conflict, he covered the Israeli Defence Force as it brought Jerusalem fully under Jewish control for the first time in 2,000 years. However, in his haste to file his pictures, McCullin left the scene too quickly, missing other important aspects of the story. He would not make this mistake again.
This image was included in the exhibition "Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin" at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, UK (6 February to 13 June 2010)