Battlefield Detectives – Israel’s Six Day War

This 45 minute film about the Six Day War will blow you away! From a purely military perspective, Israel pulled off one of the most amazing victories in record time in 1967.

Pre-emptive attack

At 7:45 a.m. on June 5, 1967, Israel launched the most successful preemptive air strike in military history. Within a few hours, virtually the entire Egyptian Air Force lay in smoldering wreckage. What is not well-known is that Egypt had a state-of-the-art radar system to detect an attack just like the one Israel undertook. Fighting on three fronts, against the combined might of five different armies, Israel secured a stunning victory in a mere six days. How did this tiny state manage to overcome multiple Arab enemies that had twice as many soldiers, three times as many tanks, and four times as many airplanes?

Multiple Fronts

A simultaneous invasion from 3 different directions was Israel’s worst nightmare – and it seemed like it was about to come true. Even the Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Yitzhak Rabin, had a breakdown in the days leading up to the Six Day War. This was documented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Ezer Weizmann in his book, On Wings of Eagles.

With firsthand testimony from combatants and military planners plus access to key figures in the intelligence world, gain insights into the meticulous preparations that the Israeli military undertook in the 1960s. Field-testing of key Israeli weapons and analysis of battlefield strategy on both sides provide us a taste of just how this extraordinary victory was achieved.

But this does not explain the multiple amazing things that transpired.

A little bit of luck and alot of help from the One above helped too.

The Plan

Syria, Jordan, and Iraq were all part of the threat surrounding Israel.  But Egypt posed the greatest threat.  Egypt had tens of runways and an Air Force that was more powerful than Israel’s Air Force.   Israel’s essential plan was to knock out all of the Egyptian runways at the get-go.  Afterwards, they could support the tanks and other branches of the army in the rest of the battles.

But the problem was that Israel did not have enough airplanes to destroy the Egyptian Air Force.  So, they worked hard on quickness at refueling and resending the Israeli air planes back in the air.

The goal that Israel decided to strive for was the total domination of the air.  This way they would be able to destroy all of the rest of the Egyptian weaponry in the Sinai.  What happened was beyond the highest expectations of the most optimistic scenarios.

Israel employed excellent intelligence information in order to catch the enemy at the most perfect time.  The entire Egyptian Air Force was stuck on the ground.  It worked perfectly.  The rest is history.

 

 

 

 

Published: March 14, 2013
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