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Название: Concord Armor At War Series 7008 Tank Battles of the Mid-East Wars (1) The Wars of 1948-1973
Автор: Steven J. Zaloga
Год издания: 1996
Размер: 42 Mb
Изображения: черно-белые фото
Since the Second World War, the Mid East has been the region that has seen the most extensive conflicts involving armored forces. Indeed, the Arab-Israeli wars have sometimes involved tank battles on a scale that rivaled the colossal encounters at El Alamein or Kursk in World War II. The reasons are both geographic and historic. Desert terrain such as the Sinai has favored mechanized warfare. In addition, the local conflicts in the region became entangled with broader world political developments. The 1948 and 1956 wars in the region were linked to the drives for decolonialization in the developing world; the 1967 and 1973 wars were enmeshed in Cold War tensions. These links to broader global conflicts have meant that the armies in the region have had access to the arsenals of the Great Powers, acting as their surrogates in some cases.
The tragic roots of the conflict in the region are not difficult to trace. A revived Jewish presence in Palestine was the outcome of the horrors of the Holocaust in Europe. The Arab countries in the region, trying to escape colonial bondage with Britain and France, regarded the Jewish presence as another case of illegitimate European interference in the region. The animosities spawned in the first war in 1948 provided the bitter seed for four decades of war in the region.