The lost battle of the Yom Kippur war-My father’s story

In the Yom Kippur War (1973) during the darkest hours of the battle for the survival of the State of Israel, a small group of Israeli paratroopers was sent on an impossible mission that will help stop the fall of Israel.

My father was one of the lucky ones who returned from that mission, although he returned on a stretcher and became an IDF disabled veteran, still, he returned to see his family again.

The largest armor battle since World War II.

The Egyptian swarm of tanks that invaded Israel with complete surprise and without declaring war. Destroys every IDF post standing in its way and threatens to destroy the young state.

Most Israeli armored forces were rushed to the northern border to block the Syrian army that invaded Israel in perfect coordination with the Egyptian army and already managed to see the northern Israeli settlements through the gun sights of its tanks.

The Syrians are on our fences.

The Syrian army has already reached the fences of the northern settlements, so the IDF’s high command has reached a fateful decision that changed the course of the entire war. The north is about to collapse, but in the south, there is the entire Sinai desert that separates the invading army from the Jewish settlements.

Most forces must rush to the northern border of the country urgently, which meant that a small force of tanks and infantry would meet on the battlefield one of the largest armored forces in history for a battle that would be called “The biggest tank battle since World War II.”

In that desperate and hopeless battle that was erasing an entire generation of young Israelis. More and more burning Israeli tanks were piling up.

Not only because of Egypt’s endless number of tanks but because of a new and destructive enemy.

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A surprise from hell for the IDF’s tanks
.

The Egyptian army was one of the first to use the world’s newest generation of anti-tank missiles, which were a bitter surprise for the Israeli armor fighters, Egyptian commando fighters equipped with Sagers fired hundreds of missiles at once from hidden positions at the surprised Israeli tanks that never prepared for that kind of missile threat, and did not know how defend themselves.
The number of victims was massive, and for the first time in the history of the IDF, the battles ended in losses. The army high command realized that this might be the end
of Israel.

A new hope.

Israeli tank commanders have noticed a fatal Egyptian weakness. Their operation of the system is bulky and if they are attacked by a lethal force of fire, in the confusion the missile misses or hits the ground. By the time the they reload, it’s too late.

The Israeli tanks stormed the Egyptian “Tank hunters” while spitting fire and destroying the Egyptian commandos from short range, sometimes even crushing them with their tracks.

If the IDF succeeds in splitting the Egyptian tank force, the small groups would fall prey to the IDF’s new tactics.

The IDF found the Achilles’ heel of the Egyptian army, but the size of the Egyptian swarm was still Invincible, something would have to be done to confuse and delay the thousands of invading troops.

The task fell on the shoulders of the Paratroopers’ Brigade. My father was in one of those small units that were sent to take positions at the “Necessary Passages” (these are narrow passages where they could know for sure where the enemy tanks will pass, and because the passage is narrow, the enemy moves in a single column and cannot use most of its strength).

My father told me about the moments of fear in which they lay in hastily dug trenches, in which the Israeli paratroopers hid. As soon as the first tank will pass, they will jump out of their trenches and attack it from behind.
You see, the Egyptian tanks left their external fuel tanks on, they only threw them away when they identified Israeli tanks, like the external fuel tanks of a fighter jet. Thus, the Israeli paratroopers could hit and burn the tanks from behind
.

Fight fire with fire.

That was the task my father had received but, it turned out to be almost impossible. The Egyptian tanks moved with thousands of foot soldiers who were hunting units like my father’s. When the tanks arrived, the walls of the valley trembled from thousands of tons beating on the ground.

Some of the paratroopers were discovered by Egyptian commandos who landed on the hills controlling the sector with helicopters long before the big battle, and small battles developed from all sides.

The few paratroopers who came close enough to the Egyptian tanks were exposed and shot before they even managed to get out of their trench. Despite everything, some of the paratroopers succeeded in destroying the leading tanks, thus creating a barrier to the entire armored column.

Bullets against tanks.

In a desperate and bloodthirsty battle, the paratroopers fled from the vast firepower of the Egyptians again and again, regrouped, and returned to attack from another direction, taking heavy losses.

I remember one amazing story about one paratrooper, the armored column passed literally “over him” and suddenly he found himself alone behind the enemy lines surrounded by thousands of Egyptian soldiers who had already left their marks of severe abuse on IDF soldiers bodies after they fell into their hands.

He managed to sneak all the way back to the Israeli force and when he got back, this young man’s hair was completely white, overnight his hair became white due to the terror that gripped him, but he still returned fighting again.

A bitter victory.

So, the paratroopers, like mosquitoes, continued to harass the iron monsters, against all odds, their tactics succeeded in attracting more and more Egyptian forces to hunt them down. This gave relief to the Israeli armored forces. That was needed like air to drowning men. With much blood, the paratroopers bought precious time for the IDF’s tanks so that they could organize themselves and launch one of the most daring counter-attacks in the history of modern warfare and ultimately lead to the collapse of the Egyptian army. In a brilliant Israeli move, the way to Cairo was open for the IDF’s tanks while the Egyptian army was in pursuit of small, harassing paratrooper’s units.

But my father did not get to celebrate. In one of their flash attacks, while they carefully watch Egyptian armor and plan their attack. A Sager missile slammed into their position. My father does not remember how he got to the evacuation jeep, but the war was over for him.

After a long rehabilitation he started walking again. The vision returned to one eye but not completely, the other eye never hilled again, his hearing was severely damaged and after several years almost disappeared completely, to this day we laugh at him when we talk to him on the phone and he can’t hear anything 😊

Today, when I hear the BDS activists cry out about the injustice of the Israeli attitude toward the Palestinians, I ask who will demand justice for Israel?

Who will call for compensation to us for all the wars and the terrible price that my family and my people paid?

After all, the Palestinians are Egyptians or Jordanians, why doesn’t anyone demand that they compensate Israel for the terrible pain they caused us?

First, before all the agreements and arrangements, they need to compensate Israel for the crimes they committed against us, wouldn’t that be justice? 

In the Yom Kippur War (1973) during the darkest hours of the battle for the survival of the State of Israel, a small group of Israeli paratroopers was sent on an impossible mission that will help stop the fall of Israel.

My father was one of the lucky ones who returned from that mission, although he returned on a stretcher and became an IDF disabled veteran, still, he returned to see his family again.

The largest armor battle since World War II.

The Egyptian swarm of tanks that invaded Israel with complete surprise and without declaring war. Destroys every IDF post standing in its way and threatens to destroy the young state.

Most Israeli armored forces were rushed to the northern border to block the Syrian army that invaded Israel in perfect coordination with the Egyptian army and already managed to see the northern Israeli settlements through the gun sights of its tanks.

The Syrians are on our fences.

The Syrian army has already reached the fences of the northern settlements, so the IDF’s high command has reached a fateful decision that changed the course of the entire war. The north is about to collapse, but in the south, there is the entire Sinai desert that separates the invading army from the Jewish settlements.

Most forces must rush to the northern border of the country urgently, which meant that a small force of tanks and infantry would meet on the battlefield one of the largest armored forces in history for a battle that would be called “The biggest tank battle since World War II.”

In that desperate and hopeless battle that was erasing an entire generation of young Israelis. More and more burning Israeli tanks were piling up.

Not only because of Egypt’s endless number of tanks but because of a new and destructive enemy.

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A surprise from hell for the IDF’s tanks.

The Egyptian army was one of the first to use the world’s newest generation of anti-tank missiles, which were a bitter surprise for the Israeli armor fighters, Egyptian commando fighters equipped with Sagers fired hundreds of missiles at once from hidden positions at the surprised Israeli tanks that never prepared for that kind of missile threat, and did not know how defend themselves.
The number of victims was massive, and for the first time in the history of the IDF, the battles ended in losses. The army high command realized that this might be the end of Israel.

A new hope.

Israeli tank commanders have noticed a fatal Egyptian weakness. Their operation of the system is bulky and if they are attacked by a lethal force of fire, in the confusion the missile misses or hits the ground. By the time the they reload, it’s too late.

The Israeli tanks stormed the Egyptian “Tank hunters” while spitting fire and destroying the Egyptian commandos from short range, sometimes even crushing them with their tracks.

If the IDF succeeds in splitting the Egyptian tank force, the small groups would fall prey to the IDF’s new tactics.

The IDF found the Achilles’ heel of the Egyptian army, but the size of the Egyptian swarm was still Invincible, something would have to be done to confuse and delay the thousands of invading troops.

The task fell on the shoulders of the Paratroopers’ Brigade. My father was in one of those small units that were sent to take positions at the “Necessary Passages” (these are narrow passages where they could know for sure where the enemy tanks will pass, and because the passage is narrow, the enemy moves in a single column and cannot use most of its strength).

My father told me about the moments of fear in which they lay in hastily dug trenches, in which the Israeli paratroopers hid. As soon as the first tank will pass, they will jump out of their trenches and attack it from behind.
You see, the Egyptian tanks left their external fuel tanks on, they only threw them away when they identified Israeli tanks, like the external fuel tanks of a fighter jet. Thus, the Israeli paratroopers could hit and burn the tanks from behind.

Fight fire with fire.

That was the task my father had received but, it turned out to be almost impossible. The Egyptian tanks moved with thousands of foot soldiers who were hunting units like my father’s. When the tanks arrived, the walls of the valley trembled from thousands of tons beating on the ground.

Some of the paratroopers were discovered by Egyptian commandos who landed on the hills controlling the sector with helicopters long before the big battle, and small battles developed from all sides.

The few paratroopers who came close enough to the Egyptian tanks were exposed and shot before they even managed to get out of their trench. Despite everything, some of the paratroopers succeeded in destroying the leading tanks, thus creating a barrier to the entire armored column.

Bullets against tanks.

In a desperate and bloodthirsty battle, the paratroopers fled from the vast firepower of the Egyptians again and again, regrouped, and returned to attack from another direction, taking heavy losses.

I remember one amazing story about one paratrooper, the armored column passed literally “over him” and suddenly he found himself alone behind the enemy lines surrounded by thousands of Egyptian soldiers who had already left their marks of severe abuse on IDF soldiers bodies after they fell into their hands.

He managed to sneak all the way back to the Israeli force and when he got back, this young man’s hair was completely white, overnight his hair became white due to the terror that gripped him, but he still returned fighting again.

A bitter victory.

So, the paratroopers, like mosquitoes, continued to harass the iron monsters, against all odds, their tactics succeeded in attracting more and more Egyptian forces to hunt them down. This gave relief to the Israeli armored forces. That was needed like air to drowning men. With much blood, the paratroopers bought precious time for the IDF’s tanks so that they could organize themselves and launch one of the most daring counter-attacks in the history of modern warfare and ultimately lead to the collapse of the Egyptian army. In a brilliant Israeli move, the way to Cairo was open for the IDF’s tanks while the Egyptian army was in pursuit of small, harassing paratrooper’s units.

But my father did not get to celebrate. In one of their flash attacks, while they carefully watch Egyptian armor and plan their attack. A Sager missile slammed into their position. My father does not remember how he got to the evacuation jeep, but the war was over for him.

After a long rehabilitation he started walking again. The vision returned to one eye but not completely, the other eye never hilled again, his hearing was severely damaged and after several years almost disappeared completely, to this day we laugh at him when we talk to him on the phone and he can’t hear anything 😊

Today, when I hear the BDS activists cry out about the injustice of the Israeli attitude toward the Palestinians, I ask who will demand justice for Israel?

Who will call for compensation to us for all the wars and the terrible price that my family and my people paid?

After all, the Palestinians are Egyptians or Jordanians, why doesn’t anyone demand that they compensate Israel for the terrible pain they caused us?

First, before all the agreements and arrangements, they need to compensate Israel for the crimes they committed against us, wouldn’t that be justice? 

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