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Duel for the Golan: The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

This is the story of the largest tank battle since World War II: Syria and its Iraqi and Jordanian allies lost some 1450 tanks in the struggle for the Golan Heights in October 1973. The Israelis lost 250 and won the battle in four days. The combat scenes are well done, but the most interesting aspect of the book is the description of the emergency mobilization of the Israeli army amidst Yom Kippur observances and the improvisations necessary as the high command thrust units helter-skelter into battle. There is new information here about the Syrian buildup and the uneasy alliance between President Assad and Egyptian President Sadat. Asher (an Israeli) and Hammel (author of several military books) argue that despite Assad's assumption that his forces would be able to roll over Israeli positions before significant reinforcements arrived, the Syrian grand strategy was doomed from the start because of the planners' fears of possible political repercussions. Photos.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A riproaring story of the role of the Israeli defenders on the Golan Heights during the Arab-Israeli war of 1983. Rich in detail of battles, units, and weapons, the book is a treasure trove for the military historian. It also provides a new political perspective, giving more weight to Syrian influence in the decision to initiate a combined effort with Egypt against Israel in 1973. A theme that may cause dispute is that the Golan was saved essentially because of the efforts of the Israeli armor, rather than the air force or the infantry. A good guide to be read along with Avigdor Kahalani's The Heights of Courage ( LJ 11/1/84). Well suited for a wide range of readers. Sanford R. Silverburg, Political Science Department, Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pacifica Military History (July 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002I61ALM
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Little is heard about the fighting on the Golan Heights between Israeli & Syrian forces during the Yom Kippur war, but those familiar with the terrain & environs of the Golan Heights & the Galilee region as a whole, can have little doubt as to the difficulties facing the combatants on both sides and the very harshness of the campaign.
This excellent book is about the conflict here during the 1973 war, where the Syrian Army massed on the Golan Heights, attempted to strike in a lighting offensive drive towards the Mediterranean Sea, thereby cutting Israel in two during the most Holy period in the Jewish calendar, with the Israeli military at it's most vulnerable.
This outstanding study details the make-up of the Syrian forces which consisted of a vast amount of new Soviet equipment/weaponry & comprising of some 1,200 main battle tanks, 1,000 armoured personnel carriers & some 1,000 artillery pieces, not to mention the vast numbers of infantry.
The book presents a number of interviews taken over a five year period from participants of both sides during the fighting and covers one of the greatest tank battles fought anywhere since World War 2, even detailing many �intimate' accounts of �tank against tank' battles during the combat.
We are provided with remarkable accounts of incredible courage and an analysis of how an inferior number of Israeli troops inflicted one of the greatest defeats in military history upon considerably greater Arab armoured forces. Notably, every single Israeli tank engaged in combat, being numerically inferior, was hit by hostile fire.
An exploration is provided into how the end of this conflict resulted in the Syrian Army being virtually destroyed in the field (including largely ignored or forgotten Iraqi & Jordanian contingents) and with Israeli artillery within range of striking Damascus, the Syrian capital.
A highly recommended, excellent account of yet another pivotal battle in this turbulent region.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a-i on June 21, 2014
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The book is interesting and informative. Provides a lot of information about the tank battles; doesn't deny Israel's overwhelming victory, like some other books on the subject do. My only criticism would be that except the Hermon battle, the authors don't discuss the role of infantry. It's true that it was mostly a tank battle; however, there is a lot to be said about the fortifications along the Purple Line manned by infantry and paratroopers, whose tiny garrisons exhibited great skills, courage and resourcefulness, and held the outposts against repeated attacks of enemy tanks and motorized infantry. But overall, a good book.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Abby on April 22, 2011
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I am only about 10% of the way through this book (according to my Kindle meter), and have already found seventy (70) typos. It looks like whatever program they used to turn the book into an e-book randomly cut words in half (about 3 per Kindle page, sometimes more, sometimes less).

I haven't read enough to give a full review of the content, but so far the author has impressed me with details and history of the region. I will come back and edit this review when I finish the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill McQuigge on January 27, 2013
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Very informative, well written account of the battle. It describes both Syria and Israel's strategy's I believe in an unbiased way. I visited the Golan in 1999 and seeing the terrain where these forces fought drives home the difficulty's and extreme courage of the two army's. I fully recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Proctor on April 23, 2013
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Really good behind the scenes look as to how the Israelis were able to pull it together, come from behind and defeat the Syrian thrust into the Golan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Murray on April 24, 2014
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Very detailed and attention holding reading. I really appreciated seeing the combat at this level, I usually have read the larger scale history which does not allow for the more detailed tactical events. Its a nice piece to fill out learning of the '73 war. I would have like some maps since I was rusty about the geography and the general troop movements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ecale on November 25, 2012
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it's detailed, but shows what happens in a large scale tank battle. This one's worth the money. Mine is a kindle version.
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A very good description of the battle for the Golan covering so much of the action. However if you are not familiar with the geographical territory I would strongly recommend reading it with a map of the area to hand so it is possible to contextualize the activity and get a clear picture of the flow of the battle.
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