The Six Day War

By: Logan Heil

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Introduction

The Six Day War was the second shortest war in history, second only to the Anglo-Zanzibar war which lasted 42 minutes! The Six Day War was fought between the Israeli Army and the rest of the Arab States. Israeli Army Officers knew they were outnumbered, but, how did this historic conflict really end? Lets find out.

Cause

The main cause of the Six Day War was that Egypt and other Arab States rejected the United Nations troops in the Sinai Desert peninsula and then blockaded the Israeli port in Elat, therefore making the Israeli's have no choice but to go to war. According to intelligence from the United Nations, much of the starting conflicts could be linked to the Soviet Union as it is believed that they had some hand in the matter and also gave off misinformation.

Battle Lines or Fronts

The war for the Israeli's was fought on two fronts. Battlefront one, the Sinai Desert, where the Israeli Military took on the Egyptian Military. And battlefront three, was on the Golan Heights, where the Israeli Military took on the Syrian Military in a ferocious battle throughout mountains and bunkers.
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The Achievement of Air supremacy

The beginning of the war was a great day for the Israeli Military. The Arab States Air Forces had only 15% of their Air Force left after a massive attack, and a very successful one at that, by the Israeli Air Force. But how had they done this? It all started the weekend before, where they had sent all soldiers home for the weekend, and the Jerusalem Post had taken advantage of the story and posted it quickly. To the rest of the world, the Israelis were home and having a good time, so, they lowered their guard and that quickly seemed to be the end of them. On Monday, June 5, the Israeli Air Force, or the IAF, swooped down on their unsuspecting prey and destroyed 85% of the airbases. In order to achieve this, they needed to act fast, destroying them all before the alarm could be raised, however, it seemed that in order to do that, you would have to do the impossible, send pilots on more than two missions in 24 hours. However, they did this task, many pilots doing up to five missions a-day, and in this way, they had in a way, achieved air supremacy.
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Battle of the Sania

The Battle of the Sania was a fight that the Egyptians were almost garenteed a win. In order for the Israeli Army to win, they would have to have a kill-death ratio of more than 3-1. There were two Egyptian units at the front and one reserve unit at the back for every one Israeli unit. But how had the Israeli won? Many believe that there were three main reasons. Reason One: The Israeli Army had performed so many routines and scouting missions on the Sania Desert, that they knew the land, such as where vehicles could go and where they couldn't, better than the home team, the Egyptians, themselves!

Reason Two: The Israeli Army was great at adapting to the environment. They purchased several American M-4 Sherman Tanks but instead of using the base model, they made the gun bigger and the treads better for the desert terrain, therefore, they had the upper hand in battle.

Reason Three: After using the first two reasons to their advantage, they had the Egyptian army in a full withdraw. However, during this withdraw, they unleashed a powerful weapon. Napalm. When napalm explodes, it creates clusters and burns very well. In a test between a gas explosion and a napalm explosion, the gas fire goes our fairly quickly much unlike the napalm, which was still burning fairly well after thirty seconds! Therefore, when they dropped napalm bombs on the retreating tanks and trucks, the people inside burned to death when the napalm turned the vehicle turned into a moving "oven". This was how the Israeli Military beat the Egyptians once and for all and now could turn their attention to the Golan Heights.

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The Battle for the Golan Heights

The Battle for the Golan Heights was the end of the war. It marked the end of the second shortest war in history, and also showed the amazing ability Israel had to win a war quickly and swiftly. The Battle for the Golan Heights was won by strategy and planning. They had gathered intelligence from Agent 088, or Eli Cohen, because Agent 088 was appointed in the Syrian High Command. One of the most memorable things he did, was tell the Syrian Military to plant trees next to the artillery emplacements to shade them from the sun, partly because the Golan Heights is mostly bare and now the Israeli Military had a big giant marker for them, to tell them where the artillery was. Now, they had a place to start and a way to start thinking about how to get around the guns, which they did. After getting around the guns, the battle took to below ground, in the big bunkers. That is where the Uzi came in handy. Before the battle, they knew that the standard AK-47, was not going to be easy to get through the tight and narrow tunnels, so they came up with their own version o the Uzi, giving them the upper hand in combat and ultimately winning the battle below ground. After that, the Syrians folded and the war was over.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the Six Day War was in my opinion, one of the most interesting wars in history, because of the different factors going into the war and the fact that the underdog in this war actually won. I think that the Israeli Military Officials had some of the most impressive planning that the world had seen since World War II. That, my friends/viewers, marks the end of this story, about the Six Day War.