The Two O'Clock War

The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift That Saved Israel

Walter J. Boyne; Foreword by Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx

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It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict. A war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation.

And a war that eventually brought peace. But a peace fraught with delicate tensions, disputed borders, and a legacy of further bloodshed.

The Two O'Clock War is a spellbinding chronicle of the international chess game that was played out in October 1973. It is a story of diplomacy and military might that accounts for many of the dilemmas faced in the present-day Middle East.

This is a war that Israel never thought was possible. Surprised by the fury and excellent execution of the Arab onslaught, and perhaps more than a little complacent, Israel suddenly found itself on the point of losing a war because of a lack of ammunition, planes and tanks. The United States, after much vacillation, finally elected to help Israel, beginning a tremendous airlift (code name: Operation Nickel Grass) which incurred the wrath of the Arab states, and their sponsor, the Soviet Union.

Fortunately the airlift came just in time for Israeli ground forces to stabilize their positions and eventually turn the tide in the Sinai and Golan Heights. And it was all made possible by an operation that dwarfed the Berlin Airlift and the Soviets' simultaneous efforts in Egypt and Syria.

The Two O'Clock War is bound to become the definitive history of a war that quite literally approached Armageddon.

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  1Hubris and the October WarTHE WAR THAT BLAZED forth on October 6, 1973, would grow swiftly from what looked initially like a minor border skirmish. Its escalation resulted from how the United States and the Soviet Union sought to extend their strength and influence through client states. Both sides used the same techniques : political backing in disputes, loans and gifts of money and other supplies, and, of course, the provision of arms and munitions.During the Cold War, many client states to the two superpowers received weapons that were surplus to their patrons’ need and were often

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Walter J. Boyne; Foreword by Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter J. Boyne served as director of the National Air and Space Museum from 1983-1986. His bestselling titles include The Wild Blue (with Steve Thompson), Weapons of the Gulf War and The Smithsonian Illustrated History of Flight. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

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The Two O'Clock War
The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift That Saved Israel
Walter J. Boyne; Foreword by Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2002
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ISBN: 9781429958400
ISBN10: 1429958405
320 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99
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