The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East

By Abraham Rabinovich

During this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who suggested the clash for the Jerusalem publish, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative starts as Israel convinces itself there'll be no struggle, whereas Egypt and Syria plot the two-front clash. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring around the shattered Bar-Lev Line within the Sinai and during the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air strength couldn't cease them. at the Golan on my own, Syria despatched 1,460 tanks opposed to Israel’s 177, and a hundred and fifteen artillery batteries opposed to Israel’s eleven. And for the 1st time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank guns have been in a position to cease tank fees, whereas surface-to-air missiles safe these troops from air attack

Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the interior sanctums of army and political choice making. He permits us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians at the run through the next Wednesday and the good counterattack around the Suez Canal that, as soon as all started, took overseas intervention to halt.

Using broad interviews with either individuals and observers, and with entry to lately declassified fabrics, Rabinovich indicates that the drama of the conflict lay not just within the battles but additionally within the apocalyptic visions it brought on in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab international, the heated conflicts on each side in regards to the behavior of the battle, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A accomplished account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20 th century.

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Within the occasion that the Egyptians tried a full-scale crossing, a broader plan have been drawn up. Code-named Sela (Rock), it referred to as for the deployment in the back of the strains of 2 reserve armored divisions which might be mobilized sooner than the warfare at the foundation of intelligence warnings. Like Dovecote, Sela dealt purely in passing with the particular protective section, as though the speedy destruction of Egyptian forces crossing the canal used to be too ordinary to require problematic making plans. It left the duty of facing the Egyptian incursion, actually, to the Sinai department and the air strength, as in Dovecote.

The bottom used to be sincerely too damaging to function a divisional command publish. yet Eitan resolved in his personal brain that, one way or the other, he himself wouldn't retreat from the Golan. Greengold bought via to Uri Simhoni at Northern Command and knowledgeable him that there have been “no dwell Syrian tanks” within the quick proximity of Nafakh. Believing that the remainder of strength Zvika were destroyed, he acknowledged there have been additionally no Israeli forces to any extent further at the Tapline. “And i believe number 1 used to be killed. ” surprised on the document of Ben-Shoham’s loss of life, Hofi’s operations officer requested Greengold to ensure it via checking the overturned tank.

He ran to the tank and realized from the staff that Sarig have been heavily wounded in his neck and shoulder through shrapnel. Bierman climbed into the tank and, within the absence of the other senior officer, took transitority command of the brigade. the improvement of Sarig’s strength marked the reopening of the conflict for the southern Golan. the single Israeli forces left have been in enclaves bring to an end alongside the red Line. the realm south of Ramat Magshimim had now not fallen basically as the Syrians had no longer selected to maneuver in that course, which used to be with out Israeli forces aside from significant Yair and paratroopers at El Al.

Them all are skilled in strive against, them all comprehend the Sinai good. the next day stands out as the day of armor. ” the next day, in spite of the fact that, stands out as the day of Shmuel Gonen. regardless of the blows his forces had suffered during the last days, front commander nurtured the concept that he may repeat, on an excellent grander scale, the rout of the Six Day warfare he had helped inflict at the Egyptians as a brigade commander. Elazar had many times instructed him, within the presence of the opposite senior commanders, that the counterattack needs to be a constrained one, that his forces are not catch up with than miles from the canal, that just one department used to be to maneuver at a time, and that there will be no canal crossing or try to rescue the Bar-Lev garrisons other than within the not going occasion of a surprising Egyptian cave in.

Approximately 2 A. M. , a wide Syrian offer convoy approached the tank ditch and halted. Gur referred to as for artillery however the overtaxed batteries may provide just a couple of shells. With sunrise, the convoy crossed over the trench. because it did so, ten infantrymen indifferent themselves and approached the strongpoint. They seemed to think that the placement were captured. Gur prayed they'd shrink back yet they stored coming. The garrison opened hearth at thirty yards, slicing them down. As Gur feared, the firing stirred the hornet’s nest.

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