At the Decisive Point in the Sinai is a firsthand account of the Yom Kippur War's most intense engagement by key leaders in Sharon's division. Jacob Even, deputy division commander of the 143rd Division, and Simcha Maoz, a staff officer, recount the initial stages of the Suez crossing, examine the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) response to Egypt's surprise attack, and explain Sharon's role in the transition from defense to offense. They detail Sharon's struggle to convince his superiors of his plan and argue that an effective division commander is revealed not only by his leadership of subordinates, but also by his ability to influence his senior officers.
The strategic failure of the Israeli high command during the Yom Kippur War has been widely studied, but At the Decisive Point in the Sinai is one of the few works to examine the experiences of field-level commanders. Even and Maoz challenge students of military leadership by offering a case study on effective generalship.
About the Author
Table of ContentsForeward
The Order and the Division: From Call-Up to Assembly
The IDF's 'Day of Infantry'
The Twice-Blessed Day
On the Defensive, October 10-14
The Egyptian Attack, October 14
The Crossing Battle, Part 1: Preliminaries
The Crossing Battle, Part 2
The Crossing Battle, Part 3
The Crossing Battle, Part 4
Eight Days: October 18-25, 1973
'Better Is the End of a Thing Than the Beginning Thereof'
What People are Saying About This
" At the Decisive Point is the single best volume I have ever read on the Yom Kippur War. It bridges the gap between the two standard forms of writing on the 1973 conflict the memoir and the historical monograph and does so in a very effective manner." Robert M. Citino, author of The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943