Memoirs

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One of Egypt's greatest living soldiers offers a frank and vivid account of Egypt's military successes and failures from 1967 to the 1973 October War. A dedicated soldier and imaginative strategist, El-Gamasy enjoyed a long career that took him to the highest levels of Egyptian military planning and combat; his service has shaped in many ways Egypt's modern history. After reflecting on Egypt's defeat in 1967, El-Gamasy then describes the difficult years of strategic planning and military confrontation that ...
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Overview

One of Egypt's greatest living soldiers offers a frank and vivid account of Egypt's military successes and failures from 1967 to the 1973 October War. A dedicated soldier and imaginative strategist, El-Gamasy enjoyed a long career that took him to the highest levels of Egyptian military planning and combat; his service has shaped in many ways Egypt's modern history. After reflecting on Egypt's defeat in 1967, El-Gamasy then describes the difficult years of strategic planning and military confrontation that culminated in Egypt's stunning successes in the October War of 1973. A principal architect of Egypt's remarkable storming of the Suez Canal, El-Gamasy recounts his experiences in that war, analyzes the strategies and decisions of Egypt's military leaders, and assesses the effects of the war. Throughout his memoirs, El-Gamasy discusses the delicate relationship between the political and military leadership of Egypt, examining particularly the varying sources of authority at crucial moments in times of war. His observations on the shifting balance between political governance and military considerations illustrate the complex ways in which policy is developed and plans are executed. Commenting on the roles of such leading political figures as Anwar Sadat, Richard Nixon, Golda Meir, and Henry Kissinger, as well as on the staff and structures of the Egyptian military, El-Gamasy records in detail his involvement with Egypt's military and peacemaking efforts. His colorful descriptions of the planning sessions in Egypt, the difficult decisions to be made, the hard battles to be fought, the Kilometer 101 talks with Israel, and the many personalities involved illuminate El-Gamasy's career and a major event in the recent history of the Middle East.
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First published in Arabic in 1973, a top Egyptian military strategist's account of the country's defeat in 1967, success in 1973, and the years of reform and planning between. Along the way, he discusses the infusion of politics into the army; the major Egyptian, Israeli, and US personalities involved in the conflict; and events such as planning sessions, moments of critical decision, and battlefield negotiations with Israel. Includes a foldout map of the October War (1973). Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774243165
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 464

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The June 1967 War 9
1 The Roots of the June 1967 War 10
2 On the Road to War 21
3 Was Egypt Prepared for War? 36
4 War 51
5 The General Withdrawal From Sinai 64
6 Lessons From the June War 77
Pt. II Six Lean Years 87
7 Rebuilding the Armed Forces 88
8 The Armed Struggle During the Buildup 97
9 The War of Attrition 107
10 An Evaluation of the War of Attrition 122
Pt. III The October 1973 War 127
11 Planning for War 128
12 The Road to War 140
13 Arab Nationalism and the Struggle 159
14 A Dead End 169
15 The Necessity of War 174
16 The Timing of the War: El-Gamasy's Notebook 179
17 The Decision for War 185
18 We Surprised Them Before They Could Outwit Us 192
19 6 October: The Crossing 203
20 6-7 October: Dayan and the Withdrawal 219
21 7 October: Three Battles on Land and in the Air 229
22 8 October: Israel in Danger 241
23 9 October: The 'Specific Mission' is Accomplished 251
24 10-13 October: The Long Wait - A Tactical Halt 260
25 14 October: The Development of the Offensive 276
26 15-20 October: The Breach 281
27 25-31 October: Three Resolutions for a Ceasefire 293
28 28 October: After the Hostilities Had Ceased 300
29 The October War in the Strategic Balance 303
Pt. IV The Kilometer 101 Talks 317
30 First Meetings at Kilometer 101 318
31 The Six-Point Agreement 327
Pt. V Egyptian-Israeli Military Negotiations 339
32 Probing Intentions in Gianaclis 340
33 An Unhappy Birthday 355
34 The High Dam Between the Egyptians and Israelis 365
35 The Settlements and the Airports Once More 374
36 Political Meetings at the Barrage (March 1978) 382
37 Summit Meetings in the United States 391
38 The End of the Stage of Conflict 394
Pt. VI El-Gamasy Leaves the Ministry of War 397
39 In the Service for Life 398
Maps 410
Notes 417
Bibliography 424
Index 426
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