Stemming the tide

The IDF’s failure to mobilize the reserves left it up to young conscripts and their officers to block the massive attacks on Yom Kippur.

By ABRAHAM RABINOVICH
September 12, 2013 14:55
THE TAPLINE ROAD

THE TAPLINE ROAD. (photo credit: Courtesy IDF)

 
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