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Soldier in the SinaiA General's Account of the Yom Kippur War$

Emanuel Sakal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813150802

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813150802.001.0001

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(p.463) Appendix 1 The 252nd Division's Order of Battle, 14:00, October 6, 1973

(p.463) Appendix 1 The 252nd Division's Order of Battle, 14:00, October 6, 1973

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  • 14th Brigade: 54 tanks on the line—52nd Battalion, 32 tanks in the southern sector; 184th Brigade, 22 tanks in the central sector (two tank companies)

  • 275th Territorial Brigade: 34 tanks (9th Battalion/14th Brigade)

  • 401st Brigade: 85 tanks in the rear, at Bir Tmadeh–Gidi–Refidim

  • 46th Battalion: 28 tanks at Bir Tmadeh

  • 79th Battalion: 25 tanks at Refidim(under the command of 460th Brigade on October 6 and later under the command of 14th Brigade)

  • 195th Battalion: 32 tanks at Gidi

  • 460th Brigade (Armor School): 110 tanks in the Bir Tmadeh–Refidim area

  • 198th Battalion (tank commanders' course): 44 tanks at Bir Tmadeh and Refidim

  • 196th Battalion (armor officers' course): 66 tanks at Refidim


The 209th Artillery Group: 3 medium 155mm battalions consisting of 10 batteries, with 7 on the line (28 cannon)

Southern Sector

  • One medium artillery battalion under 52nd Battalion's command

  • One reduced battery in the Navarone stronghold (Mevaded)—fixed-position cannon

  • Karat Moora battery near the Notsa fortification

  • (p.464) Gidi battery south of the Mitzva fortification

  • Reinforcements according to the Dovecote order: two 160mm mortars from Refidim to Mevaded; one entered the line

Central Sector

  • One battery from 55th Heavy Artillery Battalion (175mm) at the Kishuf fortification, under 184th Battalion's command

  • Reinforcements according to the Dovecote order: one battery from 403rd Medium Artillery Battalion (155mm) was carried on transporters to the central sector at 10:00; the rest of the battalion arrived in Tasa on its tracks and was on the move at the beginning of hostilities

  • Two batteries (10 tubes) from Artillery Training Base No. 9 reached Refidim on the morning of October 6, traveled on their tracks from Refidim to the central sector during the night of October 6–7, and entered action on October 7 and 8

Northern Sector

  • 404th Medium Artillery Battalion

  • Two fixed-position cannon in the Budapest stronghold

  • One 155mm M50 battery in the Yoram fortification

  • One battery near the Maror fortification

  • On standby at Refidim: 403rd MediumArtillery Battalion

Total artillery deployment: one battery for every 23 kilometers on the canal front. In a number of places, two or three batteries were able to concentrate their fire, but in some areas, only a section operated, not a battery.

Mechanized Infantry/Reconnaissance

  • On the line in the southern sector: a reconnaissance company from 14th Brigade (under 52nd Battalion's command) at Telepatia (a former Egyptian missile base); on October 13 a mechanized infantry company of reservists linked up with 52nd Battalion

  • On the line in the central sector: a reduced mechanized infantry (p.465) company, J Company/184th Battalion. in the Televizia fortification

  • On the line in the northern sector: a reduced company from 424th Battalion (under command of 275th Territorial Brigade) for patrols on the sandbar, and a platoon of mechanized infantry from J Company/184th Battalion in the Martef fortification

  • In the Ras Sudar sector: under the division's command— 424th Battalion less one company

  • In the rear: under 401st Brigade's command—one mechanized infantry company from 46th Battalion tasked with security assignments at Um Hashiba, Southern Command's command post (returned to the battalion on October 15)

  • A mechanized infantry company from 79th Battalion linked up with 9th Battalion on the night of October 6–7


  • 601st Engineers Battalion (a half-track–borne company and two companies without mobile means)