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The Yom Kippur War pitted Israel against Syria in the north and Egypt in the south in October 1973. Caught by surprise and surrounded by enemies, Israel relied on the flexibility and creative thinking of its senior field commanders. After Israeli forces halted the Egyptian troops on the Sinai Peninsula, Major General Ariel Sharon seized the opportunity to counterattack. He split the Egyptian army and cut off its supply lines in a maneuver known as Operation Stouthearted Men. Sharon's audacious, controversial decision defied his superiors and produced a major victory, which many believe helped win the war for Israel.

At the Decisive Point in the Sinai is a firsthand account of the Yom Kippur War's most intense engagement by key leaders in Sharon's division. Jacob Even, deputy division commander of the 143rd Division, and Simcha Maoz, a staff officer, recount the initial stages of the Suez crossing, examine the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) response to Egypt's surprise attack, and explain Sharon's role in the transition from defense to offense. They detail Sharon's struggle to convince his superiors of his plan and argue that an effective division commander is revealed not only by his leadership of subordinates, but also by his ability to influence his senior officers.

The strategic failure of the Israeli high command during the Yom Kippur War has been widely studied, but At the Decisive Point in the Sinai is one of the few works to examine the experiences of field-level commanders. Even and Maoz challenge students of military leadership by offering a case study on effective generalship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Gershon Hacohen
  3. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xii
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  1. Authors’ Note
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. The Order and the Division: From Call-Up to Assembly
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. The IDF’s “Day of Infamy”
  2. pp. 13-41
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  1. 3. The Twice-Blessed Day: The Events of Tuesday, October 9
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. 4. On the Defensive, October 10–14
  2. pp. 54-75
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  1. 5. The Egyptian Attack, October 14
  2. pp. 76-83
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  1. 6. The Crossing Battle, Part 1: Preliminaries
  2. pp. 84-108
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  1. 7. The Crossing Battle, Part 2: The Night of October 15–16
  2. pp. 109-133
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  1. 8. The Crossing Battle, Part 3: October 16 and the Night of October 16–17
  2. pp. 134-164
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  1. 9. The Crossing Battle, Part 4: From the Morning of October 17 to the Night of October 17–18
  2. pp. 165-210
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  1. 10. Eight Days: October 18–25, 1973
  2. pp. 211-250
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  1. 11. “Better Is the End of a Thing Than the Beginning Thereof ” (Eccles. 7:8)
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Appendix A: Main Secondary Senior Commanders and Staff Officers
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Appendix B: The Bridgehead Compound
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. Appendix C: Biographical and Career Highlights
  2. pp. 271-282
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-300
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  1. Photographs
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813169569
Print ISBN
9780813169576
MARC Record
OCLC
995163707
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-04
Language
English
Open Access
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