This addition to the Cold War series provides a very capable overview of the Yom Kippur War and how Israel snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Cold War series is developing nicely and building its readership. This new book in the series follows the now established format with many photographs and commissioned sketches and drawings – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Cold War 1945-1991, Yom Kippur, No Peace, No War, October 1973 FILE: R2602 AUTHOR: Peter Baxter PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 124 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Middle East, Israeli survival, Arab threats, surprise attacks, artillery bombardment, Suez Canal, Sinai, counter attack, desert, armour, air power ISBN: 1-52670-790-X IMAGE: B2602.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7cj9py6 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This addition to the Cold War series provides a very capable overview of the Yom Kippur War and how Israel snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Cold War series is developing nicely and building its readership. This new book in the series follows the now established format with many photographs and commissioned sketches and drawings – Highly Recommended. The publishers have produced a catalogue that includes individual books and a number of excellent series. A high image content includes rare photographs and adds greatly to the text. The Arab Israeli wars started before WWII ended as the Israelis started to build up their war supplies and train for the unequal wars that potentially ranged ahead from Israeli independence. Initially, Israel was a small strip of land carved out of the Palestine under the British Mandate. The population was small and was concentrated on turning desert into fertile land. The ending of WWII suddenly provided a boost for the population as Jewish survivors of German genocide and Jews escaping from the USSR made their way to Israel. There was a brief but bitter guerilla war with the British troops who were attempting to maintain some level of peace. Then the Israelis were self-governing and trying to survive against Arab assaults. Israel became an armed camp, no one was truly a civilian, all carrying arms at some point, but the key to Israeli survival was the development of highly professional armed forces that were equipped with the best weapons available. Consistently, the US provided war supplies and funding. Without that help the Arabs would probably have completed the genocide begun by the Germans. The Israelis always received moral and practical support from many countries because they were seen as the under dog being attacked by Arab bullies. However, that changed with the Six Day War. Israelis joked that the war only lasted for 6 days because they had obtained their weapons on seven days approval and had to return them to the supplier. The serious aspect was that the world no longer saw Israel as the under dog because they had so decisively defeated the greater numbers of Arabs and expanded Israel by remaining in the neighbouring lands that they had taken in driving back their Arab attackers. To this important loss of sympathy, was added the demands of maintaining the new territories with a still small population. When the Arabs attacked again during Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish religious calendar, they attacked without warning and in overwhelming numbers. The small numbers of Israeli troops on duty were forced back on all fronts and it looked as though the Arab dream of murdering every Jew was about to be fulfilled. With remarkable resilience, the Israelis recovered, fought back, and took more territory. That saved many Israeli lives, but it also created the issues that have resisted solution to this day. The author has comprehensively reviewed this important part of Cold War history. There are some excellent images to support the text and the reader will be provided with a graphic presentation.