On October 6, 1973, simultaneous attacks on two fronts caught Israel by surprise, on the holiest day of the Jewish year. With Israeli forcxes caught unprepared, the Egyptian crossing of the Suez Canal, and the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights were both initially successful. The following month saw desperate fighting as the Israeli forces slowly drove the invading armies back. It took two UN ceasefires, and the threat of Soviet intervention before the Israeli forces came to a halt.
Simon Dunstan offers a balanced analysis of the Yom Kippur War, describing the key battles and the forces involved and examining the outcome of the war - how at national and international levels the war was a disaster from which Israel has not recovered, as the nation became dependant on the USA for military, diplomatic and economic support. Illustrated with full-color artwork, photographs and detailed maps, this book provides an insight into the hostilities that enveloped the Middle East, the aftereffects of which are still seen today.
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Simon Dunstan is a well-established author, film-maker and photographer in the field of military history. He specializes in armored warfare, and has written on this subject for two decades. His books have covered topics such as helicopter and armored warfare in Vietnam, the Challenger main battle tank, the British Guards and armored warfare in Korea. The author lives in London, UK.Review:
"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)
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