Duel for the Golan: The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel [NOOK Book]

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DUEL FOR THE GOLAN The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel Jerry Asher with Eric Hammel The first Saturday in October 1973: A traditional Jewish Sabbath in Israel. It is also Yom Kippur, and the Israeli Defense Force is preparing to observe the holiest of the Jewish holy days. The Syrian army has massed on the Golan Heights: 1,200 main battle tanks, 1,000 armored personnel carriers, 1,000 artillery pieces, and 100 mobile antiaircraft missile carriers mount in an offensive that will drive to the sea and cut Israel ...
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Duel for the Golan: The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel

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DUEL FOR THE GOLAN The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel Jerry Asher with Eric Hammel The first Saturday in October 1973: A traditional Jewish Sabbath in Israel. It is also Yom Kippur, and the Israeli Defense Force is preparing to observe the holiest of the Jewish holy days. The Syrian army has massed on the Golan Heights: 1,200 main battle tanks, 1,000 armored personnel carriers, 1,000 artillery pieces, and 100 mobile antiaircraft missile carriers mount in an offensive that will drive to the sea and cut Israel in two. Duel for the Golan, based on interviews with participants from both sides, is a compelling account of one of the greatest tank battles fought since World War II. It provides in-depth analysis of exactly how an inferior Israeli force inflicted one of the greatest defeats in modern military history. Here are the intimate details of tank-against tank fighting, during retreats, in ambushes, or in the attack. Here are stories of incredible courage and individual initiative. Every Israeli tank on the Golan was hit by hostile fire at least once, and some commanders had five or six tanks shot out from under them. In only a few days later, Israeli forces counterattacked and advanced to where their artillery could hit strategic targets in Damascus with pinpoint accuracy. The Syrian army was virtually destroyed in the field, as were contingents from other Arab states. How these remarkable turns of battle occurred is deftly laid out.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781890988166
  • Publisher: Pacifica Military History
  • Publication date: 1/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 619,998
  • File size: 202 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    Excellent study of often ignored battle during 1973 war.

    Little is heard about the fighting on the Golan Heights between Israeli & Syrian forces during the Yom Kippur war, but those familiar with the terrain & environs of the Golan Heights & the Galilee region as a whole, can have little doubt as to the difficulties facing the combatants on both sides and the very harshness of the campaign. This excellent book is about the conflict here during the 1973 war, where the Syrian Army massed on the Golan Heights, attempted to strike in a lighting offensive drive towards the Mediterranean Sea, thereby cutting Israel in two during the most Holy period in the Jewish calendar, with the Israeli military at it's most vulnerable. This outstanding study details the make-up of the Syrian forces which consisted of a vast amount of new Soviet equipment/weaponry & comprising of some 1,200 main battle tanks, 1,000 armoured personnel carriers & some 1,000 artillery pieces, not to mention the vast numbers of infantry. The book presents a number of interviews taken over a five year period from participants of both sides during the fighting and covers one of the greatest tank battles fought anywhere since World War 2, even detailing many `intimate' accounts of `tank against tank' battles during the combat. We are provided with remarkable accounts of incredible courage and an analysis of how an inferior number of Israeli troops inflicted one of the greatest defeats in military history upon considerably greater Arab armoured forces. Notably, every single Israeli tank engaged in combat, being numerically inferior, was hit by hostile fire. An exploration is provided into how the end of this conflict resulted in the Syrian Army being virtually destroyed in the field (including largely ignored or forgotten Iraqi & Jordanian contingents) and with Israeli artillery within range of striking Damascus, the Syrian capital. A highly recommended, excellent account of yet another pivotal battle in this turbulent region.

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