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The Heights of Courage

In October 1973, the State of Israel was invaded by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Despite early losses, Israel managed to outfight its opponents. The brief and bloody Yom Kippur War stands as a unique chapter in modern military history. Fought primarily by tank units, the war became a story not only of battle strategy and tactics, but also one of human discipline, endurance and sacrifice. Avigdor Kahalani was commander of a tank battalion on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War, in "The Heights of Courage" he describes this experience. Beginning with a description of the initial Syrian offensive, the author recounts the personal endeavours of the men in his battalion, their fears and ambitions, as well as their emotional and physical hardships. His account traces the efforts of the Israel Armoured Corps as they struggled to overcome extreme difficulties and setbacks in the field, and he describes their ultimate penetration into enemy territory.
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Foreword by Donn A. Starry Preface by Major General Israel Tal Introduction The Soldiers September 26, 1973, Morning September 26, 1973, Afternoon September 27, 1973 September 28, 1973 September 29, 1973 September 30, 1973 October 1, 1973 October 2, 1973 October 3 and 4, 1973 October 5, 1973 October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Morning October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Afternoon October 6, 1973--Day of Atonement, Evening October 6, 1973--Night June 6, 1967 October 6, 1973--Midnight October 7, 1973--Morning October 7, 1973--Afternoon/Night October 8, 1973--Day October 8, 1973--Night October 9, 1973--Morning October 9, 1973--Afternoon October 10, 1973 October 11, 1973--Morning October 11, 1973--Afternoon October 11, 1973--Evening October 12, 1973--Morning October 12, 1973--Afternoon The Last Days: October 13-23, 1973 The Last 24 Hours--October 24, 1973 The Last Salute Index

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Kahalani, commander of a tank battalion on the Golan Heights, describes his experiences during the Yom Kippur War. His stark account traces the efforts of the Israel Armored Corps as they struggle to overcome extreme difficulties and setbacks.

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AVIGDOR KAHALANI, a war hero, commanded the 7th Brigade, an Israeli tank battalion, during the Yom Kippur War. Now retired and serving in the reserve forces, he headed Israel's General Staff College until recently. He now oversees the Amal Network of 93 vocational schools, enrolling 13,000 Israeli youths and adults.

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