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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKQWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At 7:45 a.m. on June 5 1967 Israel launched the most successful preemptive air strike in military history. Within a few hours virtually the entire Egyptian Air Force lay in smoldering wreckage. Fighting on three fronts against the combined might of five different armies Israel secured a stunning victory in a mere six days. How did this tiny state manage to overcome an Arab enemy that had twice as many soldiers three times as many tanks and four times as many airplanes? With firsthand testimony from combatants and military planners plus access to key figures in the intelligence world we gain insight into the meticulous preparations that the Israeli military undertook in the 1960s. Field-testing of key Israeli weapons and analysis of battlefield strategy on both sides show how this extraordinary victory was achieved.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IanLSmithCindy'sson on November 9, 2010
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If you want to know how Israel transformed itself from a tiny nation on the knife-edge of survival into a regional superpower, this is a DVD you must add to your collection.

The Six Day War is one of the most well known conflicts to take place in the Middle East and for good reason. The Israeli surprise attack against its Arab neighbors in June of 1967 was the largest since Operation Barbarossa(Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in WWII) and was far more successful. Israeli warplanes annihilated most of the Arab air forces aircraft on the ground in a series of well coordinated strikes against the Arab airbases; starting with Egypt and then moving on to Jordan and Syria, and even a long-range strike against H-3 airfield in Iraq. With their air cover gone, the Arab armies became sitting ducks for the Israeli blitzkrieg tactics that hit them. The Israelis captured the Sinai peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Golan Heights, and the Gaza Strip; an area five times the size of their own country.

The resounding Israeli victory in the Six Day War tends to be marred by far-left propaganda that portrays it as an unprovoked act of Zionist aggression, despite the Arab brinkmanship that led up to the war and Egyptian President Nasser's hateful rhetoric, all of which is mentioned in this film. Whether the Arabs intended to invade Israel in 1967 can be opened to debate, after all, the Egyptian armed forces were bogged down in a nasty civil war in Yemen at the time(a fact not mentioned in the film). If not though, why the provocations? and if not in '67 they would have eventually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EYL9886 on March 29, 2014
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Got this for my dad, who's a retired Top Gun pilot. He enjoys all military documentaries, and he has to have this for his collection.
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I saw this on the history channel in the days when history was presented. Now it it's Aliens and Dinosaurs....ridiculous.
Any way. If you are pro Israel watch this and be amazed. Such a small giant of a people defying great odds the like of a David and Goliath story for our day. It's a most impressive story with hope and victory. May that brave country forever reign.
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