By Simon Dunstan
The Bar Lev Line alongside the Suez Canal used to be born out of the overpowering victory of the Israel protection Forces (IDF) within the Six Day warfare of 1967. Devastated via their defeat, the Egyptian military started a protracted crusade of artillery bombardments of Israeli positions inflicting many casualties. as a result, the IDF leader of employees, common Haim Bar-Lev, ordered the development of a chain of fortified positions and statement posts that have been named the Bar Lev Line via the Israeli press, because of its inevitable organization with the seriously fortified Maginot Line.This publication examines the unique 23 positions of the Bar Lev Line, referred to as Moazims (Moaz is 'castle continue' in Hebrew), each one of which have been among 5 and 15 kilometers aside and surrounded via barbed cord and minefields. With infrequent photos and cutaway paintings, the layout of those positions is defined. ultimately, the writer analyzes the effectiveness of those positions whilst the Egyptians introduced an offensive on Yom Kippur 1973. Manned through simply 436 reservists the Moazims have been quick bring to a halt and the Israeli defenders paid a excessive fee with a casualty expense of virtually 50 percentage. even though commonly criticized, the Bar Lev Line proved successful in the course of the battle of attrition, and in 1973 it was once 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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Extra resources for Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress)
The area that encompassed the Bar Lev Line is currently a closed Egyptian Military Area. Traffic is highly regulated and there are numerous checkpoints. The Egyptian Military and Police Forces were extremely kind in letting me carry out my duties as a UN Observer, while at the same time indulging in my historical hobby. The people of the Sinai, both Egyptian and Bedouin, were a constant source of information during my searches, and there was never a village where I and my teammates were not welcomed with open arms and warm hospitality.
Currently a museum, unavailable to the public, although well marked. One primary bunker. Two small outbuildings, that house a display of weapons and documents of the battle. The outside has a number of vehicles including tanks, jeeps and a 120mm mortar. I was very fortunate to have served in the Sinai. The area that encompassed the Bar Lev Line is currently a closed Egyptian Military Area. Traffic is highly regulated and there are numerous checkpoints. The Egyptian Military and Police Forces were extremely kind in letting me carry out my duties as a UN Observer, while at the same time indulging in my historical hobby.
Forward of the position are former trench lines of the Israeli Army, as well as three destroyed T-54 tanks. Two main bunkers, with an extensive amount of vehicles including tanks. 14E. Across from Suez City. Blown up SU-76 nearby. Two bunkers blown professionally, lots of refuse. One bunker untouched, but surrounded by single strand and coiled concertina wire. 49E. Currently a museum, unavailable to the public, although well marked. One primary bunker. Two small outbuildings, that house a display of weapons and documents of the battle.