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The Two O'Clock War

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It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict. A war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation.

And a war that eventually brought peace. But a peace fraught with delicate tensions, disputed borders, and a legacy of further bloodshed.

The Two O'Clock War is a spellbinding chronicle of the international chess game that was played out in October 1973. It is a story of diplomacy and military might that accounts for many of the dilemmas faced in the present-day Middle East.

This is a war that Israel never thought was possible. Surprised by the fury and excellent execution of the Arab onslaught, and perhaps more than a little complacent, Israel suddenly found itself on the point of losing a war because of a lack of ammunition, planes and tanks. The United States, after much vacillation, finally elected to help Israel, beginning a tremendous airlift (code name: Operation Nickel Grass) which incurred the wrath of the Arab states, and their sponsor, the Soviet Union.

Fortunately the airlift came just in time for Israeli ground forces to stabilize their positions and eventually turn the tide in the Sinai and Golan Heights. And it was all made possible by an operation that dwarfed the Berlin Airlift and the Soviets' simultaneous efforts in Egypt and Syria.

The Two O'Clock War is bound to become the definitive history of a war that quite literally approached Armageddon.

About the Author

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter J. Boyne served as director of the National Air and Space Museum from 1983-1986. His bestselling titles include The Wild Blue (with Steve Thompson), Weapons of the Gulf War and The Smithsonian Illustrated History of Flight. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312273033
Subtitle:
The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift That Saved Israel
Foreword:
Smith, Fred
Foreword:
Smith, Fred
Author:
Boyne, Walter J.
Author:
Smith, Fred
Author:
Fields, Leslie Leyland
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Israel-arab war, 1973
Subject:
Women fishers
Subject:
Salmon fisheries
Subject:
Israel-Arab War, 197
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
150-101-642
Publication Date:
20020914
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.57x6.46x1.18 in. 1.46 lbs.

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