By Simon Dunstan
In may perhaps 1967, Egypt expelled the United international locations peacekeeping forces stationed within the Sinai barren region and deployed its military alongside its border with Israel, its strikes coordinated with these of Jordan and Syria. by means of June, Israel discovered that the overseas group wouldn't act, and introduced a pre-emptive strike opposed to the mixed Arab forces. the resultant Six Day conflict (June 5-10, 1967) was once a crushing defeat for the Arab international, one who tripled the world managed by way of Israel and which sowed the seeds for the Yom Kippur battle of 1973 and the continued strife within the area.
Written via the writer of Osprey's Yom Kippur warfare, this quantity covers the heritage to the warfare and the crusade opposed to the Egyptians within the Sinai Peninsula, together with the preliminary devastating air attack that confirmed the area how important air supremacy used to be in glossy combat.
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