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Inside Israel's Northern Command
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On October 6, 1973, Israel's Northern Command was surprised by the thunder of cannon fire and the sight of dense, black smoke. A Syrian force of 1,400 tanks supported by artillery and air power had attacked from the north while the Egyptian military invaded the Sinai Peninsula in the south. Syria sought to avenge its devastating loss of the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War -- a conflict that not only resulted in territorial gain for Israel but also cemented the nation's reputation as the region's preeminent military power. Although Israel ultimately prevailed, the Yom Kippur War (or Ramadan War, as it is known in Arab countries) shattered the illusion of Israel's invincibility.

In Syrians at the Border , Israel's foremost scholar of the war, Dani Asher, and an eminent group of experts provide the definitive history of this key conflict. The contributors -- Major General Yitzhak Hofi, the Northern commander in chief; Major General Uri Simchoni, head of Command Operations; Brigadier General Avraham Bar David, head of Artillery; and Colonel Hagai Mann, the command's intelligence officer -- all held key positions during the fighting. Together, they offer fresh insight into the prewar debate that raged between the Israeli Northern Command and intelligence officers who believed that Syria would not instigate conflict.

This seminal study also examines the pivotal battles that changed the course of the war, as well as the disastrous effects of a flawed postwar evaluation that adversely affected the careers of several high-ranking intelligence officials and the course of defense strategic planning thereafter. The contributors' incisive analyses contribute significantly to our understanding of this troubled region.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Maps, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Military Ranks and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 12-16
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  1. Editorial Notes & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. Part I: Preparation for War
  1. 1. Syria Wants War
  2. pp. 39-54
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  1. 2. Kachol Lavan (Blue and White) Alert
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. 3. Operational Planning
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 4. Preparations: Regular Service Forces-Air Force-Armored Corps
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. 5. The Final Road to War
  2. pp. 77-118
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  1. Part II: From Desperate Holding to an Offensive Towards Damascus
  1. 6. Halting the Syrian Attack
  2. pp. 127-174
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  1. 7. The Fall of the Hermon Outpost
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. 8. Defensive—The Morning of October 7 to theMorning of October 8
  2. pp. 187-222
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  1. 9. The Attempt to Capture the Hermonon October 8
  2. pp. 223-239
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  1. Soldiers Decorated in the Holding Battle
  2. pp. 239-286
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  1. 10. The Syrian Army—From Penetration to the Depthsof the Golan Heights to the Delay in the EasternDefensive Alignments
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. 11. The Counterattack, October 8–10
  2. pp. 293-323
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  1. Photos
  2. pp. 324-331
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. 332-340
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  1. 12. The Breakthrough into Syrian TerritoryOctober 11–12
  2. pp. 341-390
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  1. 13. The Breakthrough, the Threat on Damascus, andthe Battles Against the Expeditionary Forces
  2. pp. 391-426
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  1. 14. Operation Kinuach (Dessert) Recapturing theHermon
  2. pp. 427-478
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  1. Soldiers Decorated in the Breakthrough Phase
  2. pp. 479-508
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  1. Part III: Operating the Command Systems at War
  1. 15. The General Staff Branch
  2. pp. 511-522
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  1. 16. Intelligence
  2. pp. 523-536
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  1. 17. Artillery
  2. pp. 537-564
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  1. 18. Field Engineering
  2. pp. 565-574
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  1. 19. Air Force
  2. pp. 575-600
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  1. 20. Logistics
  2. pp. 601-624
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  1. 21. Ordnance
  2. pp. 625-630
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  1. 22. Medical Corps
  2. pp. 631-640
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  1. 23. Military Police
  2. pp. 641-646
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  1. 24. Adjutant Branch
  2. pp. 647-650
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  1. 25. Signal Control and Communications
  2. pp. 651-658
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  1. Soldiers Decorated Among the Firepower and Combat Support Alignments
  2. pp. 659-678
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  1. Quantitative Summart of the War on the Northern Front
  2. pp. 679-680
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  1. Afterword
  2. Major General (res.) Uri Simchoni
  3. pp. 681-694
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  1. Writers and Their Contributions
  2. pp. 695-698
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 699-704
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