The Six Day War

  • Gen. Tal develops the Armor Doctorine

    Gen. Tal develops the Armor Doctorine
    The Armor Doctorine pushed tanks and the like into the lime light. It is largely considered the reason Isreal was able to defend itself from Arab forces, during the Suez Crisis, Six Day War, and Yom Kippur War.
  • The Final Day of the Suez Crisis

    The Final Day of the Suez Crisis
    The first of many problems that lead to the out-break of the six day war. This was the cause of torment for the region because it pushed out the last remaining European power in the region causeing greater instability, and a need for UN Peacekeppers on the border of Israel and Egypt.
  • The Rotem Crisis

    The Rotem Crisis
    The Rotem Crisis was due to an act of aggression by both Syria and Israel. It would have been an all out war if not for Israeli intellegence. Aproximately six days into the crisis they noticed the Egyptians forming up on the unprotected southern border. This lead to a slow cooling of heads, and better preperation for war by all sides.
  • President Nasser speaks at the UN

    President Nasser speaks at the UN
    In a speach to the United Nations President Nasser stated, "We swear to God that we shall not rest until we restore the Arab nation to Palestine and Palestine to the Arab nation. There is no room for imperialism and there is no room for Britain in our country, just as there is no room for Israel within the Arab nation."
  • Mohamed Abdel Hakim Amer

    Mohamed Abdel Hakim Amer
    Advanced to Egyptian Vice-Presidency and Commander-in-Chief of Egyptian Forces.
  • Yitzhak Rabin appointed Chief of Staff

    Yitzhak Rabin appointed Chief of Staff
    Lt. General Rabin appointed to Chief of Staff. His commands lead to increased tensions between Israel and Egypt.
  • War for Water

    War for Water
    On this day the Israelis began to siphon water from the Jordan River and The Sea of Galilee, in order to make the Negev (all of Southern Israel) livable. This lead to an active arms race between Syria, Jordan, and Israel that ended with the begining of the Six Day War.
  • Samu Incident

    Samu Incident
    This incident was caused by the death of three Israeli Border Police. They were in the middle of a standard patrol and hit a land-mine. The next day the Israeli Military had 4000 troops mobalized. This lead to an armed conflict that started at 6am and was over by 10pm. Thw Incident would leave ripples of tension that would finnaly burst in June 1967.
  • Straits of Tiran

    Straits of Tiran
    Egypt begins to blockade Israeli ships from traveling between The Red Sea and The Mediterranean Sea. In doing so the realtions between Israel and Egypt became severely tense.
  • Egyptian massing of forces

    Egyptian massing of forces
    On this day the Egyptian Army began to mobalize massive amounts of troops in the Sinai Peninsula. This was one of the final preperations by the Egyptians before the begining of the Six Day War.
  • תקופת ההמתנה

    תקופת ההמתנה
    The Waiting Period. The three weeks between the crossing of the Suez Canal and the Egyptian Invasion. This time was used largely to dig trenches and to mobalize the Army and Air Force.
  • Forced removal of UN Peacekeepers

    Forced removal of UN Peacekeepers
    On the 15 of May President Nasser ordered the removal of all peacekeeper forces. This was accepted by the Secretary-General and the moving of forces was planned for the 31st of June. That was not fast enough and 15 peacekeepers were killed during the Six Day War.
  • Gen. Riad given command of Jordainian Front

    Gen. Riad given command of Jordainian Front
    General Abdul Munim Riad was given command of the Jordanian Front.
  • Gen. Moshe Dayan commands the conquest of Jerusalem

    Gen. Moshe Dayan commands the conquest of Jerusalem
    The General personally ordered the attack on and conqured eastern Jerusalem.
  • Operation Focus

    Operation Focus
    Operation Focus was the opening salvo of the Six Day War. It is considered by many historians as a preemptive strike. In doing this the Israelis were able to insure that they would have air superiority as they destroyed the Egyptian Air Force while it was still on the ground. This operation also allowed a force of 198 combat aircraft to compete, and win, against a coalition of over 600 aircraft.
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    The Six Day War

    The conflict that is later known as the Third Arab-Israeli Conflict or Six Day War.
  • Battle of Ammunition Hill

    Battle of Ammunition Hill
    Ammunition Hill was the storage center for the Police Academy in Jerusalem. It was built under Mandatory Palestine under the British and was simple to defend due to the long standing trenches. This battle ended up being the bloodiest if the Six Day War.
  • Jordanian Campaign

    Jordanian Campaign
    After stopping the main Egyptian force to the south Israel had to defend against a combinded force of Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, In the west. This where the heaviest of the fighting would occur. It was mostly combat on foot, where the rest of the war was tank centered.
  • The first Israeli soliders arrive at the western wall

    The first Israeli soliders arrive at the western wall
    The first of the Isrealis make it to the western wall of the temple. In that moment Jerusalem fell, but for the first time the invaders were Jewish. This also signified the end of the war for Jordan as they had lost all of the west bank.
  • Israeli Counter-attack

    Israeli Counter-attack
    On the Eighth after fighting the inital egyptain invasion the Israeli Army had pushed back al the way to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula. By the tenth the lower division had pushed all the way to the Suez Canal.
  • USS Liberty Incident

    USS Liberty Incident
    In a case of mistaken identity and radio malfunctions the Israeli Air Force attacked the USS Liberty. The Liberty was an Auxiliary Technical Research Ship that was sent to do basic radar testing. The Air Force identified the Liberty incorectly on their control table causeing confusion in the air. This lead to the liberty being mistaken for a Syrian Destroyer that was seen shortly before firing at air craft in the area. The Israelis then attacked the ship causeing over 300 deaths.
  • President Nasser of Egypt resigns

    President Nasser of Egypt resigns
    Upon hearing that his forces were defeated in the Gaza Strip President Nasser announced his resignation. He gave all of his powers to the Vice-President who refused the office. That evening his resignation was cancelled, mostly due to the military forcing him back to the post.
  • Golan Hights Front

    Golan Hights Front
    The Syrians orginally were uninvolved in the Six Day War and only attacked because of falseifyed Egyptian reports of attacking Tel Aviv. Thus giving them cause to attack bombard northern Israel. In responce the Israeli Army attaceked the Golan Hights in order to destroy the artillery bombarding the capital.
  • Offical End of the Six Day War

    Offical End of the Six Day War
    The aftermath of this war was positive for Israel. Israel conqued the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the West Bank. The Egyptian Army had approx. 15,000 Casulties. In comparison the Israeli Army had only approx. 1,000.
  • The Fall of Quneitra

    The Fall of Quneitra
    The Golan Hights were being over run so quickly that the Syrian Capital of Damascus annouced the surrender of Quneitra three hours before it occured, so that the UN would step in and force a cease fire.
  • Gen. Tal refuses illegal order

    Gen. Tal refuses illegal order
    General Tal refuses to attack the southern flank of the Egyptian Army after the cease fire is decided. In doing so he lost the chance to be the next chief of staff for the Israeli Defence Force. This was the deciding factor as to if the cease fire would last.
  • Gen. Riad Appointed Chief of Staff

    Gen. Riad Appointed Chief of Staff
    Appointed to Chief of Staff and ordered to withdraw troops from Israel and reorganize the army.
  • Cease Fire

    Cease Fire
    After Six Days of constant battle where the majority of the leaders had not slept a cease fire was agreed upon. After the cease fire the Respective governments agreed to peace, on some conditions. The Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt with the requirement that the Straits of Tiran were to stay open to Israel. The Golan Hights were turned in to a Demilitarized Zone. the only region not returned was the West Bank that was kept because it was historically important.
  • Yom Kippur War

    Yom Kippur War
    The next major conflict between the Israeli and Arab peoples. This was largely due to improper management of the lands obtained during the Six Day War.