Does anyone know the syrian army size when 1973 Yom Kippur War

May 2018
18
Taiwan
In the wikipedia, there are 28,000 Syrian troops, 800 tanks and 600 artillery pieces to lunch the golan height campaign.
Does anyone knows the syrian total army size then ?
They are prepare this war by full strength or just standoffish.
 

starman

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Jan 2014
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Connecticut
From what I’ve read, the initial Syrian attack, at 2 P.M. October 6, 1973, consisted of three infantry divisions each with an attached armored brigade. The number of men cited seems OK but the number of tanks was said to have been around 540. Of course more tanks were soon sent into action when the 1st armored division and elements of the 3rd etc were committed.
 
Apr 2018
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India
In the wikipedia, there are 28,000 Syrian troops, 800 tanks and 600 artillery pieces to lunch the golan height campaign.
Does anyone knows the syrian total army size then ?
They are prepare this war by full strength or just standoffish.
Godly strength if we compare the state of Syrian Army in '73 to that in '67.
 

starman

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Jan 2014
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Connecticut
Godly strength if we compare the state of Syrian Army in '73 to that in '67.
In 1967, Syria didn't have any division sized units. In 1973 it had five and could've had more, but Assad was worried units that size might be too powerful if one or more turned against him, so he limited divisions to five.
 
Apr 2018
740
India
In 1967, Syria didn't have any division sized units. In 1973 it had five and could've had more, but Assad was worried units that size might be too powerful if one or more turned against him, so he limited divisions to five.
Yes. The age of visionary Arab military officers whose yearly pastime was forming and booting governments over cups of coffee.

Apart from size, there was also the ascent from museum relics to cutting edge Soviet gear.
 

Tulius

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May 2016
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Just for comparison sake, in 1981, the Syrian Army had 200 000 men, and 100 000 reserves, organized in:

2 Armoured Divisions (Soviet Type)

2 Mechanized Divisions (Soviet Type)

4 Independent Armoured Brigades

1 Independent Mechanized Brigade

4 Infantry Brigades

2 Artillery Brigades

6 “Commando” Battalions

4 Parachute Battalions (airlift for only 1)

1 SSM Battalion (Frog, Scud)

45 SAM batteries (SA-2/3/6)

Source: Jane's
 

Tulius

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May 2016
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Portugal
H.P Willmott in a paper about the Yom Kippur War in the book “War in Peace”, 1983, Orbis Publishing, London, Portuguese edition by Verbo, states that the Syrians had 100 000 men, 1200 tanks, and 210 planes.
 

starman

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Jan 2014
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Apart from size, there was also the ascent from museum relics to cutting edge Soviet gear.
In '67 Syrian armor dated from WWII e.g. the SU-152. They even had old German tanks.The armor was more modern in '73 but not exactly "cutting edge." The Soviets provided a few hundred T-62s, but T-64s no way.
 
Apr 2018
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India
In '67 Syrian armor dated from WWII e.g. the SU-152. They even had old German tanks.The armor was more modern in '73 but not exactly "cutting edge." The Soviets provided a few hundred T-62s, but T-64s no way.
Panzer IV Ausf. G and H from three sources; French, Czech and Spanish. French lot was on the verge of becoming scrap. Compared to that, hordes of T-55s and a few T-62s were like Star Wars tech to them. Sad thing is, they didn't know about monkey models.
 

starman

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2 Armoured Divisions (Soviet Type)
Same number as in '73. Strange, Syria had three infantry divisions then, which spearheaded the attack (with attached armored brigades), but none in '81.

6 “Commando” Battalions
Pollack said in '82 they were the only units with real combat capability.