By Simon Dunstan

At 1345hrs on 6 October 1973, Israeli spotters within the commentary submit atop Mount Hermon observed Syrian gunners less than them removal the camouflage nets from their weapons. Ten mins later shells started to rain down on Israeli positions all alongside the Golan Heights – The Yom Kippur conflict had all started. The surprise Syrian assault stuck the Israelis unexpectedly and via the afternoon of seven October a Syrian brigade used to be below 10km from the ocean of Galilee. Simon Dunstan describes intimately how amid determined and sour scuffling with the Israeli forces controlled to show the tide at the Golan Heights.

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In addition, the close nature of cities, and the speed and scale of change associated with operating in and around a civilian population, ensures that cities have a magnifying effect on complexity, rate, scale and the range of military roles. To understand the military implications of this it is necessary to know more than the best means to clear a stairwell; it requires an understanding of cities and the realities of operating in them. Cities are not neutral environments The military view is that cities are to be avoided wherever possible but global trends suggest that the choice of whether to 13 Future War in Cities become involved in urban areas may not be the West’s to make.

Donnelly, ‘Soviet Techniques for Combat in Built-up Areas’, Military Review, 57, 11 (1977), pp. 37–48. For post-colonial operations see the 1991 editions of Combat & Survival, which contain participant accounts from operations such as Jerusalem (1946), Palestine (1948), Zanzibar (1961) and Mauritius (1968). 2. htm). Military casualties are given when known. Conventional wisdom holds that urban war, which favours defence, magnifies the usual 3:1 ratio needed to overcome dug-in defence in open country with armour to more than 5:1.

There is, however, little consensus as to what this means for urban operations. Tension between the realities of operations, public expectations regarding minimal casualties, and the expansion of the Western security paradigm (discussed in more detail in Chapter 7) is one result. That between liberal norms and recent technological developments is, as Chapter 9 shows, another. 45 All such challenges reinforce the need for a more comprehensive and coherent approach to operations in an urbanising world.

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