theme: yom kippur war

An IDF Sho’t (Centurion) follows behind a recce Jeep as the Israelis advance on the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War. On the night of the 15th, the IDF breached the canal and advanced into Egypt. The Egyptians were now themselves caught off balance, and the IDF quickly solidified its bridgehead on the west bank of the Suez.


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.

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.


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.


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#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.

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so a zionist just sent me a message telling me that israel defeated egypt in the 6th of october war

educate yourself please.

What Israeli said about October war:

“The English proverb says, ‘the higher you rise, the further you fall.’ On 6 October, Israel fell off the top of the tower of peace and tranquillity it had built for itself. The shock was as great and as impressive as the earlier illusions had been. It seemed as though the Israelis had woken up from a long sweet dream to find the principles, illusions and facts they once believed in shaken and shattered by a new, unexpected fact, which to most of them, was quite incomprehensible. For Israel, the war ultimately ended without our being able to break up the Arab armies, neither Egypt’s nor Syria’s. We scored no victories. Nor did we succeed in restoring the deterrent power of the Israeli army. If we assess achievements against targets, we will find that the Arabs’ victory was the more decisive”. – General Ishio Javitch – Symposium on the October War, Jerusalem, 16 September 1974.

“For the Israeli army, this is the first war in which many soldiers suffered combat shock and needed psychological treatment. Some of them forgot their own names. The October War has shaken Israel from top to bottom. In the place of our former overconfidence, suspicions have emerged and questions surfaced: could we stand another war?” – Amnon Kapelock, Israeli military commentator – Israel: End of a Myth.  

“The main reason Israel lost in 1973 was not lack of intelligence, but the fact that they viewed Egypt as "a lifeless corpse without a will”.“ – Haim Herzog, head of Israeli intelligence, later.

"The Egyptians crossed the Canal and hit our forces in Sinai hard. The Syrians pushed deep into the Golan Heights. We incurred grave losses on both fronts. The agonising question at that time was should we or should we not inform the nation of the truth of our appalling situation? I write of the Yom Kippur War not as a military report, but as an intimate disaster or a horrible nightmare that I myself have suffered and which will continue to haunt me for the rest of my life.” – Golda Meir, My Life.

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Egyptian soldier raising the Egyptian flag on the land of Sinai, 1973