The Heights Of Courage

The Heights Of Courage

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by Avigdor Kahalani
     
 

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In October 1973, the State of Israel was invaded by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Despite early losses, Israel managed to outfight its opponents. The brief and bloody Yom Kippur War stands as a unique chapter in modern military history. Fought primarily by tank units, the war became a story not only of battle strategy and tactics, but also one of human discipline,

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In October 1973, the State of Israel was invaded by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Despite early losses, Israel managed to outfight its opponents. The brief and bloody Yom Kippur War stands as a unique chapter in modern military history. Fought primarily by tank units, the war became a story not only of battle strategy and tactics, but also one of human discipline, endurance and sacrifice.

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ISBN-13:
2940026428052
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
383 KB

Meet the Author

AVIGDOR KAHALANI, a war hero, commanded the 7th Brigade, an Israeli tank battalion, during the Yom Kippur War. Now retired and serving in the reserve forces, he headed Israel's General Staff College until recently. He now oversees the Amal Network of 93 vocational schools, enrolling 13,000 Israeli youths and adults.

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Heights Of Courage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Undoubtedly this is one of the greatest, most well written battle stories of our time. This is an excellent first-hand account by one who was there and experienced the fighting from beginning to end. A brilliant book written from the vantage point of the men actually fighting on the front line. This is the absorbing story of a Unit Commander of Battalion 77 of the Israeli Army, fighting against incredible odds against numerically superior and better equipped Syrian forces on the Golan Heights, during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The author, Avigdor Kahalani (who received Israel's highest military decoration - the Medal Of Honour), reveals and transmits the fears, traumas and other aspects of human behaviour experienced during the often unbearable stresses of battle. We are provided with detailed accounts of how a few courageous men and their leaders, prevailed against desperate, apparently insurmountable odds. This in the context of a failure by Israel to recognise the Arab threat, to sufficiently mobilise in time and thereby being forced to face immense enemy offensive actions with only a small standing force of regulars. The author provides an analysis of the tactics used, initially just to contain the Syrian offensive & survive, and then to counter-attack resulting in a victory which forced the Syrians to sue for a ceasefire. This is the compelling story of an elite brigade, from the Commanding Officer through to the soldiers on the ground, who defeated the Syrian forces and succeeded in destroying all the Syrian tanks that had penetrated the Golan Heights. A breathless read which proceeds at a lightning pace. I highly recommend this book, it really is a first class read. I also recommend another book on this subject entitled, "Duel For The Golan; The 100 Hour Battle That Saved Israel" by Jerry Asher/Eric Hammel. To fully understand the Yom Kippur War, one really needs to understand what occurred on the Golan Heights and the possible repercussions of an Israeli defeat. These two books will provide an excellent reference on this subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rough translation and typesetting. But once you get past that an absolutely outstanding read! You can almost feel the action. One can only imagine if the Israelis had been prepared for the Yom Kippur War instead of surprised.
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I was a MACHAL in 1948/49. I salut Avigdor Kahalani
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