Yom Kippur War 1973 (1): The Golan Heights (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series)

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On 6 October 1973, Syrian gunners opened their guns on Israeli positions all along the Golan Heights. The Yom Kippur War had begun. The shock Syrian attack caught the Israelis by surprise and by the afternoon of 7 October a Syrian brigade was less than 10km from the Sea of Galilee. Simon Dunstan describes in detail how amid desperate and bitter fighting the Israeli forces managed to turn the tide on the Golan Heights.

At 1345hrs on 6 October 1973, Israeli spotters in the ...

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On 6 October 1973, Syrian gunners opened their guns on Israeli positions all along the Golan Heights. The Yom Kippur War had begun. The shock Syrian attack caught the Israelis by surprise and by the afternoon of 7 October a Syrian brigade was less than 10km from the Sea of Galilee. Simon Dunstan describes in detail how amid desperate and bitter fighting the Israeli forces managed to turn the tide on the Golan Heights.

At 1345hrs on 6 October 1973, Israeli spotters in the observation post atop Mount Hermon saw Syrian gunners below them removing the camouflage nets from their guns. Ten minutes later shells began to rain down on Israeli positions all along the Golan Heights; the Yom Kippur War had begun. The shock Syrian attack caught the Israelis by surprise and by the afternoon of 7 October a Syrian brigade was less than 10km from the Sea of Galilee. Simon Dunstan describes in detail how amid desperate and bitter fighting the Israeli forces managed to turn the tide on the Golan Heights.

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SIMON DUNSTAN is a well-established author, film-maker and photographer in the field of military history, with several titles already published with Osprey. He specializes in armoured warfare, and has written on this subject for two decades. His books have covered topics such as helicopter and armoured warfare in Vietnam, the Challenger main battle tank, the British Guards and armoured warfare in Korea. Simon lives and works in London.
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Table of Contents

Background to War 7
Opposing Plans 8
Chronology 15
Opposing Armies 17
Syrian forces
Order of Battle: Syrian Army, October 1973
Israeli forces Order of Battle: Israeli Northern Command, October 1973
Opposing Commanders 21
Syrian commanders
Israeli commanders
The Battle for the Golan 25
The Syrian offensive
The Valley of Tears
The Israeli counter-attack
Aftermath 82
The Battlefield Today 88
Further Reading 94
Index 95
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