- Publisher: Simon Schuster Trade (1971)
- ISBN-10: 0684127393
- ISBN-13: 978-0684127392
- Package Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
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The Seventh Day: Soldiers' Talk about the Six-Day War Hardcover – 1971
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Contents: "Introduction": denotes how the young Israeli soldiers were shocked by their battlefield successes; they were divided as to whether or not their Muslim neighbors would seek peace with the Jewish state.
(Chapter 1): The Translation [1 page]:;
(Chpt. 2) The Interviewers [5 pgs];
(Chpt. 3): Part 1: "How It Began" [20 pgs]: how soldiers were initially apprehensive about their call-up, activated reservist farmers worrying about un-watered or un-harvested crops, then waiting in intense suspense for two weeks as they readied for war to break out.
(Chpt. 4): Part 2: "Into Action" [22 pgs]: how soldiers reacted to combat; how soldiers bonded together: comradeship; how some truck drivers fled under fire; how officers led their soldiers into battle; how it felt being strafed by Egyptian MIGs; fighting in an armour column; the airborne capture of Egypt's Um Katef base; how determine who was a hero?
(Chpt. 5): Ordeal by Fire [75 pgs]: capturing east Jerusalem (Old City): "I fired again and somehow got him [a Jordanian soldier] in the head. There was so much blood...I vomited" (p. 67) .... As we grew angrier , we stopped being human beings...You want to kill and kill...We didn't touch the civilians, though. You just don't think of civilians in the same way as [enemy] soldiers" (p. 68); petty looting (p. 74-75); a female Israeli soldier: "a short while after I heard about Tally's death, that his whole business of death hit me and I felt that any minute I was going to cry...Here were all the boys standing around--and was I going to cry? I forced myself to get over it...but most of the time I was just numb" (p. 81-82); discussion of patriotism; multiple discussions as to how the "enemy stopped being a person"; "I think at least a third of those [Egyptians] we took prisoner had wet their pants" (p. 98); accidental shooting of civilians (p. 101); discussion of the morality of occupying the West Bank; "People fought more humanely on the West Bank. But when they got up into the Syrian Heights, they hated the Syrians to the depths of their souls" (p. 109); discussion about how Arab births will outgrow Israeli's if they continue to occupy the West Bank (p. 112); discussion about future borders; how happiness returned to Israelis despite the high casualty numbers; how defeated Egyptian soldiers were redirected towards the Suez Canal ... "(water) had to be rationed between the older ones, the weak, and the wounded"; ... "We were approaching an oasis. A large number of Egyptian soldiers came out of a big house, formed ranks in surprisingly good order, put their hands up -- and that was that: (p. 117); ... "The ful horror of war was really borne in on me when I saw the mounds of Egyptian dead. Enormous great mounds of them Young and old mixed up together" (p. 119); discussions about looting; .
(Chpt. 6): Generation to Generation [50 pgs]: discussion of Zionism.
(Chpt. 7): At Home [15 pgs];
(Chpt. 8): Jerusalem [20 pgs];
(Chpt. 9): Facing the Future [25 pgs];
(Chpt. 10): Epilogue [2 pgs];
Glossary [4 pgs]; Map [1 pg].
[see also: "The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War" by Steven Pressfield.]