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The Yom Kippur War 1973 (1)

by Simon Dunstan & Howard Gerrard

At 1345hrs on 6 October 1973, Israeli spotters in the observation post atop Mount Hermon saw Syrian gunners below them removing the camouflage nets from their guns. Ten minutes later shells began to rain down...


The Six Day War 1967

by Simon Dunstan & Peter Dennis

Following the lightening destruction of the Egyptian forces at the outbreak of the Six Day War, Israel turned to the forces of Jordan and Syria, with whom Egypt had signed a mutual-defence pact, and which had...


The Yom Kippur War 1973 (2)

by Simon Dunstan & Kevin Lyles

Israel's victory in the 1967 'Six Day War' sowed the seeds of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. At 1400hrs on 6 October 1973 the Egyptian army launched an assault crossing of the Suez Canal. The carefully co-ordinated...


Fort Eben Emael

by Simon Dunstan & Hugh Johnson

At the outbreak of World War II, Fort Eben Emael in Belgium was the strongest fortress in the world, and it lay exactly across the German invasion route of Belgium and France. The fort's elimination was essential...


Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973

by Simon Dunstan & Steve Noon

The Bar Lev Line along the Suez Canal was born out of the overwhelming victory of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in the Six Day War of 1967. Devastated by their defeat, the Egyptian army bombarded Israeli positions,...


Chieftain Main Battle Tank 1965–2003

by Simon Dunstan & Peter Sarson

The concept of the Main Battle Tank emerged from the Centurion Universal tank that was developed at the end of World War II. Development of its successor began as early as 1951. The Chieftain incorporated significant...


The Six Day War 1967

by Simon Dunstan & Peter Dennis

In May 1967, Egypt expelled the United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed in the Sinai desert and deployed its army along its border with Israel, its moves coordinated with those of Jordan and Syria. By June,...