Israel: A Campaign for the Books

Situation: The enemy commands a steeply rising stretch of rocky hills some 40 miles long, providing clear fields of fire on the plains below. Three separate lines of defense run along the hillsides, one above the other. Each line has its own triple layer of mines, barbed wire and heavy fortifications, for a total of nine miniature Maginot Lines that must be breached to reach the final plateau.

Bunkers of rock and earth and 5-ft. -thick concrete gun turrets dominate each piece of high ground. A labyrinth of thick-walled tunnels connects the...

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