American Strategy in WWII - A Reconsideration by K. Greenfield

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As with much of the Bar Lev Line, simplicity of construction and materials was fundamental to allow rapid installation and repair as well as to reduce overall procurement costs. Some trench lines incorporated overhead metal hoops that were draped with hessian material to provide some measure of shade against the fearsome sun and to deny observation oftroop movements to the Egyptians. (Stuart Bracken) 58 WALKING THE LINE There are few people in the western world who have as much experience and knowledge of the Bar Lev Line as Major Stuart Bracken USMC who served in the Sinai Desert with UNTSO.

As the original architect of the Bar Lev Line, his sheer professionalism in the difficult days of the Yom Kippur War up to victory some three weeks later marked him as the outstanding commander within Southern Command during the war. 56 Nevertheless, they inflicted numerous casualties on the advancing Syrian units while the artillery spotters brought down accurate fire on concentrations of tanks and vehicles. So effective was their defence that when Major-General Yitzhak 'Haka' Hofi, GOC Northern Command, ordered the strongpoints to be evacuated during the evening of 6 October both Colonel Amir Drori, commander of the Golani Brigade, and Major Yoram Yair commanding the paratroop contingent demurred.

Maoz Budapest: Buried by time, or deliberately by the Egyptians. The area of the position has now been made into a container facility. Taoz Traklin: Taken over by Egyptian army and used as an active base, complete with the surface laid minefield to the west of the position. 04E. Abandoned. Two main bunkers that are accessible. Large fields of refuse, to include at least one MG. umerous tank emplacements that have not been fully explored. 10E. Currently a museum along the Sharnl el Sheik Road. A tourist attraction run by a major and a squad of soldiers.

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