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Today in Jewish History - October 15 / Tishrei 16

1973 October 15, GENERAL ARIK SHARON LED ATTACK (YOM KIPPUR WAR)

Ariel Sharon
Courtesy of The Jewish Agency
On the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal. Joined by Generals Adan and Magen, they cut off the main road from Cairo to the Suez within a week and cut off Egypt's 3rd Army alone in the Sinai Peninsula, and tried to advance more into Cairo. However the attack was stopped by stubborn Egyptian defences, led by the 1st and 2nd Field Armies. Note that during that time the 3rd Army was alone in Sinai. The hold on the west bank of the canal greatly improved Israel's negotiating position with the Egyptians and the morale of the country, at the time were they really needed it, although they do all the time.


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