The Extraordinary Story of Israeli Troops Who Cracked Under the Pressure During the Yom Kippur War

The resourcefulness of a commander of a reconnaissance unit of the Armored Corps in the Yom Kippur War is a riveting example of the power and importance of emotional ‘containment’

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An Armored Corps unit in Sinai, 1973.
An Armored Corps unit in Sinai, 1973.Credit: GPO
Avi Nutkevitch
Avi Nutkevitch

One summer evening in 2013 I met with my close friend H. The 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War loomed on the horizon. Naturally, our conversation turned to the war, which H. took part in while serving as a lieutenant in a reconnaissance unit of the Armored Corps.

He was in his late 20s at that point, but had already encountered the horrors of war: As an even younger officer in the Israel Defense Forces, he had fought in the Six-Day War, which had scarred his soul.

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