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Old June 11th, 2017, 10:15 AM   #1

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The Six-Day War


50 years since the most famous lightning conflict

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What military lessons came with the conflict? What's the impact in history?
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Intelligence and preparation is key in small front, densely populated war zones. Air power is important but not decisive in urban warfare.

Air power is decisive in desert warfare and in first strike capability can be devastating.
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50 years since the most famous lightning conflict

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What military lessons came with the conflict? What's the impact in history?
The most important impact in history was regarding the ideological aftermath in the Arab world.
With the crushing and surprising defeat of the Arab socialist regimes, the Islamist movement begin to gain more support and success among the Arab masses as a viable alternative to the secular Arab regimes.

The other important impact is the strengthening of the diplomatic and military alliance between Israel and the USA. Contrary to what many people believe nowadays, Israeli-US relations were not that close prior the Six-day war.

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Its an amazing that they won seeing how they started at a huge disadvantage.
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Its an amazing that they won seeing how they started at a huge disadvantage.
what disadvantage?
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Old June 15th, 2017, 07:43 AM   #6
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what disadvantage?
1. Hugely outnumbered.

2. Three fronts to worry about.

3. No strategic depth.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 08:49 AM   #7
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1. Hugely outnumbered.

2. Three fronts to worry about.

3. No strategic depth.

They had a fantastic machine called MIRAGE III ..Best front -line lightweight fighter of the 60's ..Russian hardware didn't stand a chance .
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Don't pick a fight with someone ready, willing, and able to kick your a$$.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 09:12 AM   #9
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They had a fantastic machine called MIRAGE III ..Best front -line lightweight fighter of the 60's ..Russian hardware didn't stand a chance .
The Arabs had just as good aircraft and 3 times as many of them. The didn't however use them nearly as well. In technology overall the Arabs probably had a slight advantage, at least initially.

I think the quite remarkable victory is down doctrinal superiority and motivation. The war was existential for the Israelis so they were all up for the fight. For the Arabs it was ideological if things get sticky self preservation tends to trump loyalty.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #10
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Actually, this is all about willingness to fight... The arab losses were not that high but they basically gave up
(this would be like the soviets surrendering on day 2 of Barbarossa and reminiscent of the french surrender in 1940, though the french of course faced a much more formidable ennemy)

The israelis did lose about half their tanks and several dozen planes....

If the arab countries (or at least a couple of them) had gone for a war of attrition, things would not have been good for the israelis.. especially if the other arab countries had kept on supporting the front line ones... Israel would have found itself in a war it could not win.. instead they gave up after losing the equivalent of about 2 divisions.... this seems to point out that the main weakness was civilian rather than military.... the regimes in place felt they would not survive a long war and it was better for them to give the hated israelis what they wanted than to face the wrath of their own populace

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