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- ISBN: 9781846033636 | 1846033632
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/27/2009
In May 1967, Egypt's President Nasser expelled the United Nations peacekeeping forces that had been stationed in the Gaza Strip and Sinai since 1957, and moved large formations of troops to the border with Israel, while also closing the Straits of Tiran to blockade the Israeli port of Eilat - moves that appeared to be in preparation for war. By the beginning of June, Israel had decided to act, and it launched a spectacular pre-emptive air raid that destroyed the Egyptian Air Force on the ground. With control of the skies assured, Israel's armoured columns attacked into the Sinai and Gaza Strip, driving the Egyptians all the way back to the Suez Canal in just five days. This is the story of the Sinai campaign - one of the most daring and successful operations in modern military history. Book jacket.