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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973The USSR's Military Intervention  in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict$
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Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693480.001.0001

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Framing the Cross-Canal Goal and the Attrition Strategy

Framing the Cross-Canal Goal and the Attrition Strategy

(p.53) 4 Framing the Cross-Canal Goal and the Attrition Strategy
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

Oxford University Press

As early as the autumn of 1967, in response to Egyptian desires as well as Moscow’s own objectives, the Soviet advisers began to elaborate a plan for a military offensive across the Suez Canal to recapture the Sinai Peninsula, which had been lost to Israel in the June war. Preparations included a training program to upgrade Egyptian fighting capability under Soviet supervision and induction of weaponry. As an interim measure until the ultimate offensive was readied, an attrition strategy was shaped. Simultaneously, the heightened presence of Soviet naval and aviation units in Egyptian bases was activated to confront the US Sixth Fleet. Yet-inconclusive evidence connects the Soviet navy with the sinking of the Israel submarine Dakar in January 1968.

Keywords:   Petr Lashchenko, Andrey Grechko, Moshe Dayan, Israeli submarine Dakar, Suez Canal, US Sixth Fleet, Tu 16R reconnaissance aircraft

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