"With the aid of excelltn explanatory maps and descriptive sidebars and lists, plentiful and well-chosen and interpreted photos, and an economical and understated writing style, the author does a wonderful job of describing the opposing forces and the battle in which they were engaged. This is an account of war vividly and knowingly reported, which makes for gripping reading..." -Douglas Wertheimer, "The Chicago Jewish Star" (May 2008)
"Historian Simon Dunstan focuses on the military aspects of the war and experiences of commanders and soldiers on the ground in his groundbreaing "The Yom Kippur War." Where others have focused on the politics behind the war, this volume's focus on strategy and tactics makes it an especially important acquisition for military libraries strong in strategy analysis." -"California Bookwatch" (January 2008)
"If you're interested in the Middle East wars and don't have the Campaign titles, be sure not to miss this one... Highly recommended." -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(November 2007)
"Simon Dunstan's lavishly illustrated book, "The Yom Kippur War," is an impressive summation of a three-week conflict that shook Israel to its foundations and paved the way for an enduring ceasefire on the Golan and the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt... It was a savage war that left a deep imprint, and Dunstan tells the story expertly in this informative volume." -Sheldon Kirshner, "The Canadian Jewish News" (October 3, 2007)
On 6 October 1973, simultaneous attacks on two fronts caught Israel by surprise. Both attacks aimed to take back the territory occupied by Israel following the Six Day War of 1967. On the holiest day of the Jewish year, Israeli forces were caught largely unprepared and consequently the Egyptian crossing of the Suez Canal, and the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights were both initially successful. By the afternoon of the following day, a Syrian brigade was less than 10km from the Sea of Galilee. The following month saw desperate bitter fighting as the Israeli forces slowly drove the invading armies. Simon Dunstan offers a balanced analysis of the fierce Yom Kippur War, describes the key battle and the forces involved and examines that outcome of the war - how at national and international level the Yom Kippur War was a disaster from which Israel has not yet recovered, her image of invincibility and the concept of a national superpower erased when the nation was forced into dependence on the USA for military, diplomatic and economic support. Illustrated with full colour artwork, contemporary photographs and detailed maps, this book provides an insight into the hostilities that enveloped the Middle East, the after-effects of which are still seen today.
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