Monday, October 8, 2007

Yom Kippur War

Nearing 34 years after the Yom Kippur War I came across the following Wikipedia article about the war. I am not religious but considering the massive amounts of arms and enemies on various fronts, military and diplomatic, poised against tiny Israel, it appears quite a miracle that Israel won that war. I was 20 years old, living at Mount Scopus, Hebrew University dorm, Jerusalem, when the sirens wailed, calling people to go to the underground shelters when the war started. Very difficult days the first days of the war. During the first three days of war I and others volunteered to paint dark blue the windows of Jerusalem homes to hide Jerusalem from a potential air attack. The following article provides an apt description of Israeli efforts to win the war.
Excerpt: "During the night, Lieutenant Zvika Greengold, who had just arrived to the battle [in Syria] unattached to any unit, fought them off with his single tank until help arrived. "For the next 20 hours, Zvika Force, as he came to be known on the radio net, fought running battles with Syrian tanks—sometimes alone, sometimes as part of a larger unit, changing tanks half a dozen times as they were knocked out. He was wounded and burned but stayed in action and repeatedly showed up at critical moments from an unexpected direction to change the course of a skirmish." [26] For his actions, Zvika became a national hero in Israel.
Complete article: Yom Kippur War
Thomas Braun, Lima, Peru.

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