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On This Day In Photos: The Yom Kippur War

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ON This Day In Photos: October 6, 1973 – Arab States Attack Israel in The Yom Kippur War.

It was the holiest day in the Jewish religion when people fast and pray. It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back  lands lost in the 1967 war. Algeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan and the Lebanon pledged their support to the attackers.

Golda Meir’s Israelis were unprepared and outnumbered.

On the Golan Heights, 150 Israeli tanks faced 1,400 Syria tanks. In the Suez 500 Israeli soldiers were faced with 80,000-100,000 Egyptian soldiers. The Arab states were being supplied by the Soviet Union. Israel had American support.

Days later the Israelis had gone on the offensive and were within 65 miles of Cairo and 35 miles of Damascus. On October 22, the UN led by the Austrian former Nazi Kurt Waldheim, called for a ceasefire. The Israelis were reluctant to listen and pressed on. But on October 26, the last heavy fighting was at an end.

The result? Thousands dead – A renewed confidence in Arab nations routed in the Six Day War of 1967 – The Camp David Accords that brought the return of the Sinai to Egypt and normalized relations—the first peaceful recognition of Israel by an Arab country.

But what has changed? As now, opportunities for peace were missed. As now, there was dispute over land. As now, Israel is at odds with the region.

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Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat is flanked by Chief of Staff Sadedin Shazli, right, and War Minister General Ahmed Ismail, right, as he reviews maps of battle development in the desert of Sinai Peninsula, at his Army headquarters in Cairo.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.

  • mohamed omar

    It was time for Anwar Sadat’s Egypt and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria to attack and make good a 1971 vow to take back lands lost in the 1967

    srry it was in oct, 1973 not in 1971

  • coolandcalm

    It does say Oct 73 in the piece above…… they said they would do it in 71 but actually did it in 73.

  • agw

    Correct:
    Six Day War: 1967
    Sadat (via UN) called for the return of lands lost in 1967: 1971
    Surprise attack from Arab coalition during Ramadan/Yom Kippur October 6 and ended October 25 when attacking Arab forces had been routed and Israeli troops were 60 miles from Cairo and only 25 miles from Damascus: 1973.

    !973 to present. Stalemate…
    Meanwhile elsewhere:
    Cambodia became Kampuchea, millions died, then it was again Cambodia and a great goodness when Garry Glitter was nicked and jailed there; the Berlin Well fell and Nelson Mandela was freed to become President of South Africa. Yet AIDS and corruption threaten the very existence of the Sunshine State.
    The Soviet Union dies and still Israel hold the high ground.
    The area remains the world’s most likely flashpoint… ready to blow at any time.