By Simon Dunstan
The Bar Lev Line alongside the Suez Canal was once born out of the overpowering victory of the Israel safeguard Forces (IDF) within the Six Day struggle of 1967. Devastated by way of their defeat, the Egyptian military all started a protracted crusade of artillery bombardments of Israeli positions inflicting many casualties. consequently, the IDF leader of employees, normal Haim Bar-Lev, ordered the development of a chain of fortified positions and commentary posts that have been named the Bar Lev Line by way of the Israeli press, because of its inevitable organization with the seriously fortified Maginot Line.This e-book examines the unique 23 positions of the Bar Lev Line, referred to as Moazims (Moaz is 'castle continue' in Hebrew), every one of that have been among 5 and 15 kilometers aside and surrounded by means of barbed twine and minefields. With infrequent photos and cutaway paintings, the layout of those positions is defined. eventually, the writer analyzes the effectiveness of those positions while the Egyptians introduced an offensive on Yom Kippur 1973. Manned by means of simply 436 reservists the Moazims have been fast bring to an end and the Israeli defenders paid a excessive cost with a casualty fee of virtually 50 percentage. even supposing commonly criticized, the Bar Lev Line proved a hit through the struggle of attrition, and in 1973 it used to be the political and army mess ups which allowed the Moazims to be surrounded, instead of the failure of the line of defense itself.
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These were the road systems built by the Israelis during their occupation of the Sinai. Especially helpful were the Lateral and Artillery roads. Although almost 40 years old, and never Maoz Nisan: Buried by dredging. Maoz Mafzeah: Currently within the confines of an Egyptian army unit. Unable to confirm if anything remains. Maozim Zidon and Lituf: Utterly destroyed and highly dangerous, due to excessive UXOs (over 1,800 counted by me personally). Maozirn Botzer and Matzmed: Unable to find, believe buried as a result of dredging.
Maozim Zidon and Lituf: Utterly destroyed and highly dangerous, due to excessive UXOs (over 1,800 counted by me personally). Maozirn Botzer and Matzmed: Unable to find, believe buried as a result of dredging. Taoz Hurva: Some remains of structures, but the area is currently used as an ammunition supply point (ASP) by the Egyptian army. Maoz Purkan: Currently the site of Ferry Crossing 6 at Ismailiya. The area directly behind is an Egyptian army Training Camp. Taoz Televizia: In the Egyptian Military Zone.
The result was disaster in the opening days of the October War as Israeli tank platoons, companies and battalions mounted As part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 26 March 1979 following the Camp David Accords, the IDF began a phased withdrawal of the Sinai Peninsula that embraced over 170 separate military installations including the remnants of the Bar Lev Line. In a ceremony to mark the departure of the IDF from Refidim on 23 January 1980, Magach 6 MBTs pass a sign stating: 'We did not retreat.
Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress) by Simon Dunstan