#BookReview: Yom Kippur War: These are My Brothers #ASMSG

5.0 out of 5 stars

This is the personal story of an outstanding military commander, leading men he did not know into battle. It is also a story of the people of the Israeli Reserve Armored Forces, who inadvertently become heroes in a brutal war. A young armored corps officer is nominated to his first post as commander of an armored brigade in the Israeli Northern Command in 1973, two months prior to the Yom Kippur War.

In less than fifteen hours and against all odds, his brigade climbs the Golan Heights to lead a desperate battle against a huge Syrian armored force attacking by surprise on a wide front. Suffering heavy losses, the men manning the outdated Centurion tanks of the 679th Armored Brigade relentlessly fight superior Syrian forces, snatching victory from the brink of defeat, bringing the battle to Syria, forty kilometers from Damascus.

This book is about the dramatic and human story of heroism and fear, about camaraderie, about the wounded soldiers escaping from hospitals to go back to their tanks; about the dead and the dying giving strength to the survivors.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Book Review by Thomas Jerome Baker

Author of Soldier Story

Yom Kippur War: These are My Brothers , written by Colonel Ori Orr, is an extraordinary memoir about armored warfare.  The author has provided a set of judiciously selected personal photographs and military maps. The maps are of good quality and uses symbols sparingly, so that the novice will be able to understand each day of battle by using the maps.

For the military enthusiast, Colonel Orr has included the enemy order of battle (Syrian) and the friendly order of battle (Israeli). It is mindboggling to contemplate that the Syrians threw 115 Artillery Batteries and 1400 tanks against the Israelis, who only had 177 tanks and 11 Artillery batteries.

The story of how the Israelis successfully countered the numerical superiority of the Syrians makes this book well worth the reading. How do you turn technical and tactical proficiency into a tool that brings victory to your side? The answer Colonel Or shares with readers is compelling, dramatic and inspirational. Under incredibly difficult circumstances, the author manages to bring the reader up front and personal, providing a vivid insight into the nature of conflict, adversity, ingenuity and courage of the IDF. The dedication of the book reads:

“This book is dedicated to all the soldiers of the brigade, those who fell, those who were injured, and those, though not mentioned in this book, who fought on tirelessly.” – Colonel Ori Orr, Rosh Hashanah, September 2013

In sum, the book will make you think, long after the reading is done. Highly Recommended for anyone who is genuinely interested in finding out about the Yom Kippur War from the perspective of its protagonists.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Book Review by Thomas Jerome Baker

Author of Soldier Story


About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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