The Heights of Courage: A Tank Leader's War on the Golan

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - History - 198 pages

In October 1973, the State of Israel was invaded by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Despite early losses, Israel managed to outfight its opponents. The brief and bloody Yom Kippur War stands as a unique chapter in modern military history. Fought primarily by tank units, the war became a story not only of battle strategy and tactics, but also one of human discipline, endurance and sacrifice.

While many historians have chronicled the events of the Yom Kippur War, few have been seasoned by actual combat. Avigdor Kahalani, commander of a tank battalion on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War, describes this experience in The Heights of Courage. Beginning with a description of the initial Syrian offensive, he recounts the personal endeavors of his men, their fears and their ambitions, as well as their emotional and physical hardships. His stark account traces the efforts of the Israel Armored Corps as they struggle to overcome extreme difficulties and setbacks. The author describes their ultimate penetration into enemy territory and their approach to within forty kilometers of Damascus.

 

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A very personal account of the trauma that was Israel's battle for survival in the surprise Yom-Kippur attack by the Egyptian-Syrian alliance in 1973. Kahalani was a Tank Corps battalion commander in ... Read full review

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This was pretty much a diary of the action between the Syrians and Israelite forces from the viewpoint of one of the Tank leaders. It's rather matter of fact. He records his actions and how his orders ... Read full review

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Contents

September 26 1973 MORNING
3
September 26 1973 AFTERNOON
6
September 27 1973
11
September 28 1973
15
September 29 1973
16
September 30 1973
18
October 1 1973
19
October 2 1973
20
October 7 1973 AFTERNOONNIGHT
74
October 8 1973 DAY
81
October 8 1973 NIGHT
89
October 9 1973 MORNING
93
October 9 1973 AFTERNOON
114
October 10 1973
124
October 11 1973 MORNING
135
October 11 1973 AFTERNOON
144

October 3 and 4 1973
22
October 5 1973
23
October 6 1973Day of Atonement MORNING
26
October 6 1973Day of Atonement AFTERNOON
37
October 6 1973Day of Atonement EVENING
42
October 6 1973 NIGHT
48
June 6 1967
54
October 6 1973 MIDNIGHT
56
October 7 1973 MORNING
60
October 11 1973 EVENING
157
October 12 1973 MORNING
164
October 12 1973 AFTERNOON
171
The Last Days October 1323 1973
177
The Last 24 HoursOCTOBER 24 1973
182
The Last Salute
193
INDEX
195
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About the author (1992)

AVIGDOR KAHALANI, a war hero, commanded the 7th Brigade, an Israeli tank battalion, during the Yom Kippur War. Now retired and serving in the reserve forces, he headed Israel's General Staff College until recently. He now oversees the Amal Network of 93 vocational schools, enrolling 13,000 Israeli youths and adults.

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