I am trying to estimate the strength of the Palestinian irregular forces during the 1947-49 War.
I find two well documented groups:
- Army of the Holy War, commanded by Husayni, based in Ramalla, operating in Jerusalem Area size: ~1400
- Arab Liberation Army, commanded by Qawuqji, Based in Damascus, operating in North size: 6000 (many of these were not Palestinians)
I would expect to find another main group based in the coastal area, which had a large population, but cannot find it.
Is this accurate, that there was only a maximum of ~7500 irregular Palestinian fighters (disregarding the trope that there is no such thing as a Palestinian)?