D. Eshel - Chariots of the Desert: The Story of the Israeli Armoured Corps (История бронетанковых войск Израиля)


D. Eshel - Chariots of the Desert: The Story of the Israeli Armoured Corps (История бронетанковых войск Израиля)

Chariots of the Desert: The Story of the Israeli Armoured Corps / История бронетанковых войск Израиля

Год выпуска: 1989

Автор: David Eshel

Жанр: Военная история, Бронетехника

Издательство: Brassey's Defence Publishers, Ltd.

ISBN: 0-08-036257-5

Формат: PDF

Качество: Отсканированные страницы, хорошее

Количество страниц: 202

Язык: Английский

Описание: Книга подполковника танковых войск Израиля в отставке Давида Эшеля посвящена истории бронетанковых войск Израиля, с момента их основания до середины 80-х гг., и их участию в боевых действиях. Текст сопровождается редкими фотографиями и схемами боевых операций.

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Lieutenant Colonel David Eshel IDF (Retd) was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1928 and emigrated to Israel when he was ten years old. He joined the Jewish Settlement Police for National Service in 1946 and saw action for the first time on convoy escort duty in the Negev in the early battles for control of the roads before the 1948 war.

During the War of Independence, he commanded a machine-gun section and, later, a platoon in a reconnaissance battalion. After the war, he was assigned to the newly formed Armoured School at Ramie as an instructor. He was amongst the first contingent of officers selected to attend courses with the French Army and graduated from the French Cavalry School at Saumur as a tank platoon commander in 1951.

On his return, he was posted as operations officer of the First Tank Battalion. During the First Sinai Campaign in 1956, he served under Colonel Uri Ben An as commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade Signal Company in the rank of major. Shortly after the campaign, he became Chief of Signals of the Armoured Corps. A two year spell as Commander of Signals in the Northern Command then followed, after which he returned to the Armoured Corps - now under the command of General Tal. Here he served in a number of command and staff appointments including the command of the Signal Battalion in Tal's armoured division in the Six Day War.

In 1969 he went to the Staff and Command College as a tactical instructor and was responsible there for inter-arm war games. These included a study of the Egyptian threat which was to become a rehearsal for the real thing three years later. Retiring from active service in 1971, he was recalled for duty in the Yom Kippur War and served throughout with the reserves. On his retirement, he founded his own military publishing company and launched Defence Update, a monthly magazine with a world-wide circulation. His previous published work includes two books for the American house ARCO - Elite Fighting Units and US Rapid Deployment Forces - and a number of books on the Israeli Defence Forces published in Israel. Married with two children, he lives in Israel and devotes most of his time to military writing and lecturing.





1 Beginnings........1

2 The War of Independence 1948-49........13

3 The Evolution of the IDF Armoured Corps........24

4 The Sinai Campaign of 1956........31

5 General Israel Tal Takes Over........51

6 Lightning Campaign: The Six Day War 1967........58

I. Tal Strikes........58

II. Abu Agheila and the Advance to the Canal........72

III. Against Formidable Odds: the Battles for Jerusalem,

Samaria and the Golan........80

7 Changes in Organisation and Doctrine: The War of Attrition 1967-73........87

8 The Yom Kippur War 1973........94

I. The Battle for the Golan........94

II. Counter-Attack: The Advance into Syria and the Threat to


III. The Attack Across the Suez Canal and a Brilliant


9 Aftermath ........155

10 Conclusion: The Israeli Armoured Corps Today........170

Chapter Notes........172

ANNEXES I. Commanders of the Israeli Armoured Corps........181

II. The Performance of Soviet Tanks - An Assessment........190

III. Tank Types in IDF Service 1948-88........194

IV. Inventory of Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Middle Eastern Armies 1988........197



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