The Yom Kippur War – 40 years on

40 years – has gone quickly, but the memories of the war remain strong.

When I was 15,  I spent 2 months in a Herzliyya School, meeting some great classmates who were tolerant of my poor Hebrew.  Several years later, when I returned from Australia for a visit, I was saddened to hear that one of the funny kids in the class, Yoni, had been killed in the tanks during the ’73 war.  Another story from a cousin who was at the Suez Canal.  They were getting incessant bombing from the Egyptians.  A soldier in the foxhole next to him suddenly jumped out and rushed to another shelter, becaues he felt he had to.  Five minutes later,  a bomb obliterated the original foxhole!  Almost 3000 Israeli soldiers were killed, and many more injured.

It truly makes one admire the heroism of the Israeli soldiers, how they battled incredible odds to defend Israel, and the strain on their families.

There have been a few articles about the war –  this interesting one from a battle physician at the time about courage and fear during the war.

An article about the role of Golda Meir at the outset of the war, and the decision to not pre-emptively strike, and how a decision to pull back form the Suez 3 years before could have possibly helped avert the war.

The powerful movie Kippur some scenes from the war and a documentary part 1  part 2  part 3

Movies from the Steven Spielberg archive

and an account of the Golan tank battles

 

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