Cold War 1945-1991, Yom Kippur, No Peace, No War, October 1973

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.


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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

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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.