Heights Of Courage / Edition 1

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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.

While many historians have chronicled the events of the Yom Kippur War, few have been seasoned by actual combat. Avigdor Kahalani, commander of a tank battalion on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War, describes this experience in The Heights of Courage. Beginning with a description of the initial Syrian offensive, he recounts the personal endeavors of his men, their fears and their ambitions, as well as their emotional and physical hardships. His stark account traces the efforts of the Israel Armored Corps as they struggle to overcome extreme difficulties and setbacks. The author describes their ultimate penetration into enemy territory and their approach to within forty kilometers of Damascus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275942694
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 841,189
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword by Donn A. Starry

Preface by Maor General Israel Tal


The Soldiers

September 26, 1973, Morning

September 26, 1973, Afternoon

September 27, 1973

September 28, 1973

September 29, 1973

September 30, 1973

October 1, 1973

October 2, 1973

October 3 and 4, 1973

October 5, 1973

October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Morning

October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Afternoon

October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Evening

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    First hand account of fighting on Golan Heights during '73 war.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011


    I was a MACHAL in 1948/49. I salut Avigdor Kahalani

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