The Lion's Gate : On the Front Lines of the Six Day War

The Lion's Gate : On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
Pressfield, Steven

#147;A brilliant look into the psyche of combat. Where he once took us into the Spartan line of battle at Thermopylae, Steven Pressfield now takes us into the sands of the Sinai, the alleys of Old Jerusalem, and into the hearts and souls of soldiers winning a spectacularly improbable victory against daunting odds." #151; General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, ret.; author of My Share of the Task June 5, 1967. The nineteen-year-old state of Israel isnbsp;surrounded by enemies who want nothing less thannbsp;her utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped Egyptiannbsp;Army has massed a thousand tanks on the nation'snbsp;southern border. Syrian heavy guns are shelling hernbsp;from the north. To the east, Jordan and Iraq arenbsp;moving mechanized brigades and fighter squadronsnbsp;into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser hasnbsp;declared that the Arab force's objective is #147;the destructionnbsp;of Israel." The rest of the world turns a blind eyenbsp;to the new nation's desperate peril. June 10, 1967. The Arab armies have been routed,nbsp;ground divisions wiped out, air forces totally destroyed.nbsp;Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip andnbsp;the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heightsnbsp;from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank fromnbsp;Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled.nbsp;Her charismatic defense minister, Moshe Dayan, hasnbsp;entered the Lion's Gate of the Old City of Jerusalemnbsp;to stand with the paratroopers who have liberatednbsp;Judaism's holiest site#151;the Western Wall, part of thenbsp;ruins of Solomon's temple, which has not been in Jewishnbsp;hands for nineteen hundred years. It is one of the most unlikely and astonishing militarynbsp;victories in history. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veteransnbsp;of the war#151;fighter and helicopter pilots, tanknbsp;commanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as wellnbsp;as women soldiers, wives, and others#151;bestsellingnbsp;author Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six Daynbsp;War as you've never experienced it before: in the voicesnbsp;of the young men and women who battled not onlynbsp;for their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, andnbsp;for the dreams of their ancestors. By turns inspiring, thrilling, and heartbreaking, Thenbsp; Lion's Gate is both a true tale of military courage undernbsp;fire and a journey into the heart of what it means tonbsp;fight for one's people.

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