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IDF soldiers process Egyptian POWs in the Sinai Peninsula as they advance towards the Suez Canal during the Six-Day War.
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IDF soldiers process Egyptian POWs in the Sinai Peninsula as they advance towards the Suez Canal during the Six-Day War.

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Egyptian defenses in the Sinai crumbled almost instantaneously with the Israeli attack. Not only were they caught off guard by the surprise decision to begin combat operations itself, but Egyptian contingencies had expected the IDF to concentrate on the south and central parts of the border, instead of the actual axes of attack through concentrated mostly in the north. In the few regions where Egyptian defenders did put up strong resistance, Israeli airpower soon turned out even the most committed defenders. By the end of June 5th, most of the Sinai defenders were in full retreat, and at the mercy of the advancing Israelis. Out flanked as they fell back to the Suez, on June 8th at Mitla Pass (above) the retreating Egyptians were funneled into Israeli positions and subject to punishing fire from both air and ground. Estimates for that day alone are of 10,000 killed. Israel would report 338 lost for the whole operation.
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Egyptian defenses in the Sinai crumbled almost instantaneously with the Israeli attack. Not only were they caught off guard by the surprise decision to begin combat operations itself, but Egyptian contingencies had expected the IDF to concentrate on the south and central parts of the border, instead of the actual axes of attack through concentrated mostly in the north. In the few regions where Egyptian defenders did put up strong resistance, Israeli airpower soon turned out even the most committed defenders. By the end of June 5th, most of the Sinai defenders were in full retreat, and at the mercy of the advancing Israelis. Out flanked as they fell back to the Suez, on June 8th at Mitla Pass (above) the retreating Egyptians were funneled into Israeli positions and subject to punishing fire from both air and ground. Estimates for that day alone are of 10,000 killed. Israel would report 338 lost for the whole operation.

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An Egyptian MiG-17 attacks an Israeli column in the Sinai during the Six-Day War while a second follow in behind. With the Israelis enjoying almost complete domination of the air due to their opening operation, such attacks were quite rare, and the survival rate for the few Egyptian pilots who were able to take to the air over the duration of the war was low.
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An Egyptian MiG-17 attacks an Israeli column in the Sinai during the Six-Day War while a second follow in behind. With the Israelis enjoying almost complete domination of the air due to their opening operation, such attacks were quite rare, and the survival rate for the few Egyptian pilots who were able to take to the air over the duration of the war was low.

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In addition to the thrust of ground forces through the Sinai Peninsula, on June 7th, 1967, the small Israeli Navy sent gun boats and missile boats through the Straits of Tiran to attack Egyptian gun batteries on the coast, in coordination with air-landings by commandos on the land behind them. The operation was a brief one, and by mid-day the Straits were declared open.

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IDF personnel in the Negev Desert during the staging period for the invasion of the Sinai Peninsula during the Six-Day War.

Although the IDF currently allows women to serve even as combat soldiers, their roles were restricted more during the 1960s. Those closest the front generally were serving as nurses or, as seen here, in communications.

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The Egyptian soldiers, having fled before the Israeli forces, attempt to make their way over 200 km of desert in the Sinai. Singly or in small groups, many Egyptian soldiers tried to find their way back to the Suez Canal and relative safety, but far fewer reached their destination.


The Egyptian soldiers, having fled before the Israeli forces, attempt to make their way over 200 km of desert in the Sinai. Singly or in small groups, many Egyptian soldiers tried to find their way back to the Suez Canal and relative safety, but far fewer reached their destination.




The Israeli advance out of the Negev Desert into the Sinai Peninsula.

Although outnumbered by the Egyptians in both men and armor, the IDF had little trouble sweeping through the Peninsula. Enjoying near total air superiority, their advance was well supported, and many Egyptian units fled before even confronted by ground forces. After launching the surprise attack on June 5th, the IDF had crossed the entire peninsula and reached the Suez Canal by June 8th. Estimates of Egyptian losses numbered over ten thousand, while the Israelis had suffered minimal casualties themselves.

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Troops of the Palestinian Liberation Army, the armed wing of the PLO. Defending Gaza, they fought with the Egyptian Forces during the Six-Day War before being beaten back by the Israeli attack.


Troops of the Palestinian Liberation Army, the armed wing of the PLO. Defending Gaza, they fought with the Egyptian Forces during the Six-Day War before being beaten back by the Israeli attack.


Gen. Uzi Narkin, Defense Minister Dayan and IDF Chief of Staff enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gates following its capture during the Six-Day War. Whether to even capture the Old City had been up in the air, as the Israelis wished to avoid the possible international  outcry if armed forces entered it, but the speed with which the Jordanians crumbled changed plans, and it was decided that IDF paratroopers would be able to easily take it without the need of heavy support (which might do unreasonable damage to the ancient structures there). 
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Gen. Uzi Narkin, Defense Minister Dayan and IDF Chief of Staff enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gates following its capture during the Six-Day War. Whether to even capture the Old City had been up in the air, as the Israelis wished to avoid the possible international  outcry if armed forces entered it, but the speed with which the Jordanians crumbled changed plans, and it was decided that IDF paratroopers would be able to easily take it without the need of heavy support (which might do unreasonable damage to the ancient structures there). 

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The heaviest fighting of the brief Jordanian Campaign occurred on Ammunition Hill in east Jerusalem. A small Jordanian force defended a complex of bunkers and trenches against repeated Israeli attacks, holding out for about four hours before finally being overwhelmed. Nearly half of the 150 defenders were killed.

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The Jordanian Campaign in the Six-Day War was over almost before it began. After only two days of fighting, the Old City of Jerusalam was captured, and the defeated Jordanians had mostly retreated across the Jordan river to prepare defensive lines for what the extecped to be a strong push into the country. Although East Jerusalem had been the prime objective, this abandonment left the rest of the West Bank wide open for the taking. Above, IDF Paratroopers - some of the first Jews to openly visit the Western Wall in two decades - celebrate as Rabbi Goren blows a ram’s horn (part of the series of photos including the more famous one here:
).
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The Jordanian Campaign in the Six-Day War was over almost before it began. After only two days of fighting, the Old City of Jerusalam was captured, and the defeated Jordanians had mostly retreated across the Jordan river to prepare defensive lines for what the extecped to be a strong push into the country. Although East Jerusalem had been the prime objective, this abandonment left the rest of the West Bank wide open for the taking. Above, IDF Paratroopers - some of the first Jews to openly visit the Western Wall in two decades - celebrate as Rabbi Goren blows a ram’s horn (part of the series of photos including the more famous one here:

).

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IDF Centurion tanks and their crews stage in the Negev Desert prior to the attack into the Sinai during the Six-Day War.

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IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev, IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, and IDF Operations Chief Ezer Weizman around the time of the Six-Day War. As Defense Minister Levi Eshkol was not a military man, Rabin had wide latitude in his preparations of the IDF for possible conflict with the Arab states, and much of the planning for the Six-Day War was developed under his direction.
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IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev, IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, and IDF Operations Chief Ezer Weizman around the time of the Six-Day War. As Defense Minister Levi Eshkol was not a military man, Rabin had wide latitude in his preparations of the IDF for possible conflict with the Arab states, and much of the planning for the Six-Day War was developed under his direction.

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