At the Decisive Point in the SinaiGeneralship in the Yom Kippur War

At the Decisive Point in the SinaiGeneralship in the Yom Kippur War

Jacob Even and Simcha B. Maoz

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780813169552

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

The Yom Kippur War, also known as the Ramadan War or the October War, was fought by Israel against a coalition of Arab nations, led by Syria and Egypt. The war lasted nineteen days, with the pivotal moment being Major General Ariel Sharon’s crossing of the Suez Canal, which is known as the crossing battle In this narrative Jacob Even and Simcha B. Maoz consider the war and Sharon’s leadership as a case study of generalship for the benefit of new generations of senior field commanders. By focusing on the divisional command, Even and Maoz balance the macro view of the war (in the context of the political atmosphere of the time) with the micro view (as a cascade of individual decisions made by each commanding officer).