|I've just posted this on the Israel board in reply to a related question, but feel moved to throw it over here amidst all of you tankers.
"RE:Kippur-Golan Battles of 7th Armored Bde. 9/24/2005 6:27:27 AM
I can't remember the title nor the author, but it was an excellent book (trust me)detailing the fight on the Golan between two Israeli brigades, subsequent reinforcements as they were fed into the battle by the IDF Golan Command, and the best part of three-four Syrian tank divisions, while dealing with Syrian commandos throughout the brigades rear. To this day, the singularly most impressive tank battle that I've ever read. Nothing at Medina Ridge or 73Easting, nor Kursk, nor any other eastern front fight comes to mind for sheer chaos, intensity, close range violence, and courage. All that Prokharovka at Kursk was supposed to be, this fight actually was-in spades. Israel's shining moment, by far."
So much of modern combat in a high intensity environment trace their origins to, or were again reinforced by these battles (and the Sinai)in Oct. 1973. Crew survivability in vehicles, conduct of combined arms, ATGWs, psych studies on battle stress in high intensity environments, casualty management and evacuation... the list is endless, actually. Most of our battle force by 1985 was designed to fight, survive, and win in this very environment.