1973 Yom Kippur War: Political Background and Intelligence Failure

Wednesday 25th September 2019

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Despite the stunning and complete defeat of three Arab armies – Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian – in the 1967 Six Day War, how was it that Israel failed to anticipate and prepare adequately for the assault on two fronts some six years later? And how did the Israeli armed forces manage to regain control of the situation with a focus on the tank battle on the Golan Heights, known as the Valley of Tears?

In addition to 35 years of military experience, Colonel (Ret’d) Tony Malkin also studied armoured warfare formally in Hamburg for two years. He has also conducted five battlefield tours addressing the Yom Kippur War.