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Soldier in the SinaiA General's Account of the Yom Kippur War$
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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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Ground Forces in the Defensive Battle

Ground Forces in the Defensive Battle

(p.111) 3 Ground Forces in the Defensive Battle
Soldier in the Sinai

Emanuel Sakal

University Press of Kentucky

While in London, the head of Mossad was told on the evening of October 5 that war would erupt the next day at 18:00, but the field units in Sinai and the Golan Heights were not informed. Confusion reigned between Elazar and Gonen over the crucial issue of Dovecote deployment for the 252nd Armored Division's regulars. Did it mean two brigades on the canal or one? This chapter details the disastrous results of Gonen's refusal to deploy the division according to Dovecote; the shoddy staff work in GHQ and Southern Command; the failure to evacuate the strongholds and the losses incurred trying to extricate the men there; the use of tanks according to the War of Attrition model; failure of the October 8 counterattack because of Gonen's obsession with crossing the canal; and the chief of staff's misunderstanding of ground events, irresponsible approval of requests, and errors in the conduct of operations.

Keywords:   Brigadier General Avner Shalev, Israel Defense Forces, Southern Command, Mossad, Zefania, General Gonen, counterattack, Yom Kippur War, Suez Canal, 252nd Division

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