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mysteron Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

Hi Guys

This is a bit of a new era/theatre for me and would be most grateful of some book recommendations for this topic.

I am looking more at the conflict rather than the political issues surrounding this war. My preference would be easy reading with plenty of pictures
Thanks guys

Major Mike28 Jun 2018 5:16 a.m. PST

Heights of Courage by Avigdor Kahalani

Neal Smith Inactive Member28 Jun 2018 5:47 a.m. PST

Sorry, I see you only wanted the '73 war. This is still a good book on the '67 war. :)

I recently read "Six Days in June" by Eric Hammel:


I thought it did a good job of covering what was going on in the wider war, while also being full of first hand accounts on smaller actions.

Also had LOTs of information about how the IDF was formed and how it evolved into the force that fought the war.

I thought it was a really good book.

ToysnSoldiers Inactive Member28 Jun 2018 8:22 a.m. PST

Michael B. Oren "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

Abraham Rabinovich "The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East".

jekinder628 Jun 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

If you want something light with pictures, you can't go wrong with the Ospreys: link

jekinder628 Jun 2018 1:43 p.m. PST

These are very good wargaming references for both 1967 and 1973: link

You might need to look for these through your local library or used book store. If you want something more after these, "Heights of Courage" is a great book about the Golan Heights: link ."On the Banks of the Suez" is a great book about the Suez front: link

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 12:57 a.m. PST

The Yom Kippur War, by the Sunday Times Insight Team. Highly recommended.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 1:10 a.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions guys and please keep them coming.

For now I have ordered the book "On the Banks of the Suez " as that is the very area I am looking at after ordering an initial supply of Egyptian T55s and Israeli M60s.

The other recommendations I will also look at in due course.

So thanks again

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 3:31 a.m. PST


What scale and manufacturer did you order the T55s and M60s?

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 4:09 a.m. PST

They are the new Battlefront (M60s) . T55s from PSC .

15mm of course which is the scale I do my WW2 desert . WW2 Europe and Russia is 20mm for me .
Keeping it to 15mm means I can use my desert scenery and board .

Virginia Tory02 Jul 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

"Michael B. Oren "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

"Abraham Rabinovich "The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East".

Those two are the best! Re-reading the Rabinovich book right now.

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 12:56 p.m. PST

I recommend highly the Six Days of War by Michael Oren. Amazing book. Very well written with incite on the politics and policy of both sides…

Zookie Inactive Member08 Jul 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

I can second "six days of war" as an good book but it is about the six day war.

Big warning about the both 67 and 73 wars. It is hard to find unbiased authors who rely on both Arab and Israeli sources. So take things with a grain of salt or read multiple books to bet a better overall view of things.

Here is a tip, check out the citations in the book, if it does not cite official sources (archives) than just give it a pass. If it does see if it cites Israeli and Arab sources. That is a good sign. If it cites Israeli, Arab, Soviet and US sources than odds are it is going to give you a better overall view of events.

ScoutJock08 Jul 2018 5:15 p.m. PST

Elusive Victory by Trevor Duprey covers all the wars from 48 through Yom Kippur plus the intervening periods for background on the whys. It's OOP but there are copies out there…

It does violate the easy reading request but is considered a balanced viewpoint as he had good relationships with many of the players on all sides. At the time of publication, it was considered the definitive work on this subject.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 9:45 p.m. PST

Thanks guys. Lots more potential reading material.

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