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The Yom Kippur War: The Arab-Israeli War of 1973 (General Military) Hardcover – 10 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition edition (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032882
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A well-established author, filmmaker and photographer, Simon Dunstan has written more than 50 books on military history, particularly on World War II and Vietnam. He has also written and directed numerous military history documentaries for the History Channel.

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"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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This short but well-illustrated book is a concise and even-handed military history of the Yom Kippur War. The other reviewer is right to believe that this was originally published as two separate volumes, covering the Sinai and the Golan Heights respectively. The one-volume edition has some extra material and some extra photographs, and is also quite a bit cheaper than buying the two volumes separately, making for excellent value.

Israel was not prepared for the Yom Kippur War, and there is still disagreement about why it wasn't. It is well-known that Egypt and Syria were still angry about their crushing defeat in the Six Day War of 1967, and that Egypt's President Nasser in particular wanted revenge. Israel and Egypt kept up the so-called War of Attrition along the Suez Canal for some time after 1967. Nasser died in 1970, and his successor Anwar Sadat made peace proposals to Israel that were rejected immediately, even though they were, as Dunstan points out, very similar to proposals that Israeli Minister of Defence Moshe Dayan had himself put forward. Sadat somewhat reluctantly decided that he had no option but to make military preparations.

A combination of factors prevented the Israelis from taking Sadat's preparations seriously. One was that he and his predecessor had a habit of announcing that they were going to go to war against Israel, and the Israelis ended up not believing him. Another was that the Israelis were so over-confident after their stunning military victory in 1967 that they refused to believe that Israel or Syria presented credible threats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A customer VINE VOICE on 18 May 2009
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I was very impressed with this volume ,nice size ,new print ,plenty of BW pictures and colour graphs and drawings .It is fairly well balanced and leaves the reader to draw his/her own conclussion .It includes many novel photographs and uses multiple sources for the political background of the invasion.

The Arab aims are well defined and the author hints that the date was chosen because of the tide rather then the Jewish calendar.

The increadibly confussing battles prior to the Israeli crossing are , thankfully , well explained . The aerial photographs of the Israeli defenses in the canal are very helpful.

The author provides a good insight in the apocaliptic aftermath for the Israeli leaders and the consequences for the peace in the Sinai.

The Golan front is also well covered in the book and the is a chapter about the battlefields today and war memorials.

5 stars and a very good value for money
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SJ SMART on 3 Sept. 2008
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I am fascinated by the Arab-Israeli wars so this book was fascinating for me. It is a very interesting account of the 1973 Yom Kippur or October war when Egypt, Syria and most of the Middle east launched a surprise attack on Israel on two fronts which could have been fatal, but Israeli tenacity, stubborness and bravery held off overwhelming numbers on three fronts and then launched successful counter attacks.

This book is packed with maps, diagrams and photographs and is a very good read. I believe it was originally two Osprey books, one covering the Sinai front and the other the Golan front but this is a very smart well put together volume.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in military history or Middle east history.
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The October 1973 War Revisited. 7 Dec. 2007
By Anthony Accordino - Published on
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Author Simon Dunston has written a superb historical account of the the Arab -Israeli war of 1973. Better known as "The yom kippur war", this 225 page book leaves no stone unturned. On October 6th 1973, during the holiest of Jewish holiday's, Egypt and Syria launched a two front surprise attack on the nation of Israel. Wanting to regain land that were lost during the six day war of 1967, the two Arab nations caught the nation of Israel off guard and ill prepared to fight a major two front war. The Egyptians had crossed the Suez Canal and Syria launched a fierce attack on the Golan Heights, causing Israel to fight for its survival as a nation. The Gov't of Golda Meir, knew of an Arab build up of soldiers and divisions of Arab tanks along its borders, but chose to ignore it and not launch a pre-emptive strike, for fear that the world would view the Israelies as aggressors if they carried out such an attack. This was a huge military blunder, and the fact that they did not mobilize their defense forces and reserves to full alert was nothing short of military negligence. This became the Israeli Pearl Harbor that proved to have a lasting effect on that nation to this day. The nation of Israel became dependent on American airlift power to deliver supplies and weaponry during the first phase of the Arab offensive. The state of Israel, even considered the use of nuclear weapons if the situation had gotten to the point that Israel would lose her nation. The Euphoric Arab armies of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Syrian president Hafez Assad underestimated the IDF's[Israeli Defense Force] resolve, and paid heavily in loss of life and military hardware during the second half of the war as the Israeli's did during the first weeks of the war. Col Dani Matt led the Israeli Army across the Suez Canal on the night of Oct 15th, and changed the course of the war. A modern day version of George Washington crossing the Delaware river. General Ariel Sharon, a George Patton type of general, made the Arabs pay dearly, as the Israelies pushed the Syrians out of Israel and marched to Damascus tearing up the Syrian enemy every step of the way. On Oct 14th, Egypt launched a major offensive in the Sinai desert, and engaged the Israeli army to inflict more bloodshed, but in the biggest tank battle since ww-2 in kursk 1943, the IDF destroyed 260 Egyptian tanks to just 20 Israeli tanks. The Israeli Airforce overwhelmingly took control of the skies, as Israeli pilots scored one victory after another against Russian, Pakastani and North Korean pilots who were known to be flying jets for the Arabs. Although the IDF won this war, it came with a huge price. Loss of life and the notion of Israeli invincibility was shredded. This book is well layed out on heavy glossy paper with lots of diagrams, maps and hundreds of rare photo's from the battle front. Also many interesting facts are presented throughout the book, for example, the IDF was so desperate for survival, that they put back into service some 350 ww-2 era Sherman Tanks modified with a 105mm main gun. The tank proved to still be a formidable weapon, as the Sherman destroyed Russian T54/55 tanks in the sinai some 30 plus years after they made their debut for the allies in ww-2. It was the final war that the Sherman would engage in, and for the state of Israel, she performed heroically one more time. The war had some positive effects on the region, as Egypt and Israel have found a lasting peace. This book should be part of any good military library and is a must for any student interested in the history of the middle east. I give this book my highest recommendation and it already has a permanent place on my bookshelf.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Decent but one sided coverage 25 May 2009
By Christopher Baron - Published on
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This book provides a decent overview of the war on both the Sinai and Golan fronts. Not as gripping or dramatic as some war accounts. The point of view is almost entirely from the Israeli side of things. The author either couldn't or didn't get much perspective from the Egyptian and Syrian side of the conflict.

I was struck by the scale of the conflict. For such small countries they fielded pretty large armies. 2000 tanks on the Egyptian side and something like 1200 on the Syrian. 12,000 Egyptians (estimated) killed in a couple of weeks of fighting. Those are WWII-scale figures.

Also provides a rare glimpse into the power politics and military chess moves of the US and the Soviets during the Cold War.

Worth the used price but probably not a new hard cover price.
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Basically a Text Book!! 30 Oct. 2013
By Thomas M. Magee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The battle is so important for the politics of today. So many people tend to forget this battle. It is worth the time to study. This book is a good first step.

This book is a great place to start. This book treats the war like a sports game. It breaks down the events like the X's and O's of a football game. This event occurred, that unit moved here, this unit moved there and all that. That method is a good way to communicate the basics. It gives the reader a good platform to start understanding of events. The book does tend to tell the story from Israel's side though.

However it does not truly tell the story of the war. The passion, the emotion, the horror is missed. It does try to do that from place to place but it never quite takes hold or translates. The chalk board description blocks that out. The book does have excellent pictures. You won't find these photos many other places. It is well worth the space on your bookshelf.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
good enough to buy again 28 Oct. 2007
By DrBig - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I don't often buy a newer edition of a book I already own, but there are reasons to do so in this case. The production quality is excellent (paper, binding, layout, etc.), well selected new photo content that adds to a greater understanding of the battle, and Simon Dunstan is worth supporting. He's excellent, and tackles the subjects so many others won't touch. Go Simon.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Arab attempt to destroy Israel 14 Feb. 2014
By Phil Historian - Published on
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Arab hatred of Israel goes back to the days of Abraham 4,000 years ago and since the modern state began in 1948 there has been endless wars. This Osprey book covers the 1973 war of Egypt and Syria against Israel.
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