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Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973

Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973
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Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973
by Osprey
Author: Simon Dunstan
Publish Date: 2008
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 8x10x.25"
Restockable: Yes
NKG part #: 2147662715
Mfg. part #: OSPFOR079
Type: Softcover

Description

The Bar Lev Line along the Suez Canal was born out of the overwhelming victory of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Six Day War of 1967. Devastated by their defeat, the Egyptian army bombarded Israeli positions, causing many casualties. Accordingly, the IDF Chief of Staff, General Haim Bar-Lev, ordered the construction of a series of fortified positions named the Bar Lev Line. Each position was surrounded by barbed wire and minefields and virtually immune to strikes by artillery shells and even 500kg bombs. On 6 October 1973, Yom Kippur, the positions were manned by just 436 reservists when the Egyptian Second and Third Armies launched a massive offensive along the Suez Canal. The positions were quickly cut off from the supporting elements, and the Israeli defenders paid a high price with a casualty rate of almost 50 per cent. Despite these losses, it was not the Bar Lev Line that failed but Israel’s military and political establishment, which realized Arab intentions too late.