By George W. Gawrych
[Includes five figures and 21 maps]
Situated among the Suez Canal and Israel and marked by means of the tough setting of the significant Sinai lies Abu Ageila, an unprepossessing region of low ridges and hills in which passes the best-surfaced street within the peninsula. due to its position at the important path, on the subject of the Israeli-Egyptian border, Abu Ageila turned the main to the Sinai within the Arab-Israeli wars of 1956 and 1967. The fight for this barren land in wars presents an epic tale of conflict and divulges the impression of expertise at the education for and behavior of war.
In either the 1956 and 1967 wars, Abu Ageila was once the most gateway to the Sinai for the Israel safety Forces. but, as Dr. George W. Gawrych demonstrates, there have been marked modifications among Egyptian and Israeli battle plans, arrangements, operations, and leads to the 2 battles for the realm. In 1956, Israel carried the weight of a constricting alliance with Britain and France and confronted different large army difficulties. the outcome was once that Israel fought a tough and dear conflict for Abu Ageila. against this, in 1967, the Israel security Forces built a super operational plan and accomplished powerful unit command and keep watch over and attained a decisive victory.
Based on vast study, together with own interviews with Israeli commanders and briefings through Egyptian army historians, Key to the Sinai is a crisp conflict narrative of wilderness conflict and a scientific old research of 2 armies confronting the altering phrases of conflict. scholars of AirLand conflict doctrine will locate examining this study Survey a stimulus to assembly the demanding situations of contemporary battle.
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Extra info for Key to the Sinai, the Battles for Abu Agelia in the - and - Arab Israeli Wars
Operational depth. 67 By the late morning of the 6th, however, Amer was in a state of panic. The force sent by the Egyptian 3d Infantry Division to al-Arish had failed to break through at Bir Lahfan, and by noon, it was withdrawing to the second line of defenses at Gebel Libni and Bir al-Hasana. At this point, the Egyptian high command realized the gravity of its mistake in not anticipating a major operational maneuver along the route to Bir Lahfan. 68 That afternoon at around 1630, Amer—badly shaken by recent events on the battlefield—issued a general withdrawal order to his forces in the Sinai, but one that failed to delineate any phases in the withdrawal.
Sharon, for his part, found his next task after the battle for Abu Ageila a mere exercise in troop movement. After giving his ugdah a much needed rest during the remainder of 6 June, he dispatched a part of his force to take Qusaymah the following morning, the 7th. By the time the Israelis arrived there, however, the Egyptian 10th Infantry Brigade had already departed. 72 Naguib had lost the battle for Abu Ageila in less than twenty hours, as the IDF dramatically reversed its performance of 1956.
71 By the end of the next day, after four days of war, the Egyptian Army was in ruins, having lost 80 percent of its equipment. Israeli victories in the forward tactical areas of Rafah, al-Arish, and Abu Ageila had led to the IDF's successful pursuit of the Egyptians to the sealed off passes, where they were defeated. The Sinai was left completely in Israeli hands. Sharon, for his part, found his next task after the battle for Abu Ageila a mere exercise in troop movement. After giving his ugdah a much needed rest during the remainder of 6 June, he dispatched a part of his force to take Qusaymah the following morning, the 7th.