Some 5,000 would-be Jewish immigrants aboard the Haganah ship Exodus used tear-gas, smoke bombs, steam jets, iron bars and tins of food to fight off a boarding party of British Naval ratings. The fight lasted an hour and a half and then the immigrants were to transferred to three waiting ships, to take them to Cyprus, bringing the number of Jews detained there to 20,000. The "Exodus" was an old troop ship captained by an American Jew with many young Jews as the ships crew. The clamour for a Jewish state in Palestine was rising. Using orginal archive footage, this programme shows the historical events of the time, as the British prepare to pull out of Palestine and the state of Israel is proclaimed.