The Egyptian Strategy for the Yom Kippur War: An Analysis

The Egyptian Strategy for the Yom Kippur War: An Analysis Author Dani Asher
Isbn 0786442530
File size 4MB
Year 2009
Pages 286
Language English
File format PDF
Category History

Book Description:

For years Middle East scholars and military historians had only a few English-language books examining the 1973 Arab-Israeli war from the Egyptian perspective: Shazly, Badri, Gamassy. All presented a good sense of atmosphere and political perspective, but were short on many strategic and military details -- mostly because of the pervading air of strict censorship still surrounding anything to do with the Egyptian military. All of them also paid scant attention to the war after the first few days, when Egypt lost its initiative and momentum and the tide turned in favor of the Israelis. Even though over 35 years have elapsed since the war, it seemed that there would never be a definitive, detailed, military account from the Egyptian side. The Egyptian military even commissioned one a few years ago, but has refused to declassify it. And all of these sources tended to walk a fine line between factual accounts and official myth-making.

Now, seemingly out of nowhere, and from a surprising source, comes this excellent book. The author, a former Israeli intelligence officer on the Sinai front prior to the 1973 War, knows his subject, from the perspective of an adversary. He knows his Soviet military doctrine very well also, which is of great value in that the Egyptians followed this very closely. He seems to be unbiased, professional, and respectful (if critical) of the Egyptian soldiers and officers. Most importantly, however, and where this book becomes truly superb, is in its extensive use of captured Egyptian military documents. Finally, we can get the details on tactics, operational art, and order of battle that have always been lacking. It's ironic, perhaps, that an Israeli using captured documents had to tell the Egyptian side of the story, but this is as good as we are likely to get.

 

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