A knocked out Egyptian T-55 and Israeli M48 Magach. The Yom Kippur War saw extensive armor battles, and heavy losses on both sides. Half of the IDFs 2,000 tanks were knocked out, although about 600 of them were salvageable and eventually returned to service. The Arab powers employed over twice as many tanks in their attacks, and suffered over 2,000 losses against the superior IDF crews.
WCW - Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister, one of the world'a first elected female leader, and overall badass. She proved that you can be a hard as nails world leader, being nicknamed “Iron Lady” way before Margret Thatcher came along, and still be able to bring soldiers soup (soldiers love soup). She was a true Zionist, having made Aliyah from Kiev as a young woman, and being one of two women to sign the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Her achievements, however, are not limited to what she did as a woman. She was an accomplished politician, serving as Israel’s Minister of Labour, Foreign, and Internal Affairs before being elected Prime Minister. She resigned in 1974 after the Yom Kippur War, an eight versus one war which Israel won under her leadership. She died four years later in 1978, but will always be remembered as a political, feminist, and Zionist icon who managed to kick ass, hard, even when the odds were stacked against her.
The last day of the Yom Kippur War, Israeli self-propelled mortars fire on the encircled Egyptian Third Army as they attempt to break out. The attempt would fail, and it wasn’t until UN brokered talks in January, 1974, that the Israelis agreed to pull their forces back across the Canal and allowing a buffer zone to be patrolled by the UN Peacekeepers, allowing for the relief of the Third Army.
40 years ago, Israel lost many brave soldiers in the opening attacks by the Syrian Army on Yom Kippur. Avraham Godlovitzch (64, on the left), who had immigrated to Israel just nine months before the war broke out, would surely have been among the fallen. But, as he was crawling out of a halftrack with a bullet in his leg, Sami Sagi (59, on the right), came briefly into his life. Sami had managed to escape his own tank after it was struck by a shell killing the officer inside, and scrambled through the haze of Syrian fire. Amidst the chaos, the young man from Kfar Saba saw the new immigrant struggling. Avraham couldn’t stand up and signaled Sami to leave him. But just as he had refused to break his first fast for Yom Kippur, Sami refused to abandon Avraham. The smaller Sami carried Avraham on his back for two days, from the Golan Heights down to the Sea of Galilee, where they finally came across fellow IDF soldiers. For two days they evaded the Syrians, eating along the way–since the start of the fast–only a bunch of grapes Sami found by an abandoned building.
40 years passed and they remained on each other’s minds, but could not find one another–until last month.
#3. Israel Tweets the Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War; Investors Miss the “Anniversary” Part
Notice the hashtag #YomKippur73. It’s kind of important, because without it, the tweet just reads “Israeli Air Force bombards airports in Syria to prevent Soviet weapons reaching the Syrian Army.” So a news-weary reader could interpret this as an attack happening now. You know who’s quick to the draw when they see the words “bomb” and “Syria”? Oil investors, that’s who. Before the rumor police pulled up and shut the buying frenzy down, oil was up a dollar, all because investors missed #YomKippur73.