05.06.

1967: Israel Destroyes the Egyptian Air Force and Launches Invasion of the Sinai

1967: Israel Destroyes the Egyptian Air Force and Launches Invasion of the Sinai
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Israeli troops examine destroyed Egyptian aircraft

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 5 June 1967
  • The strongest Israeli armored division was commanded by General Ariel Sharon, who later served as Prime Minister of Israel.

This day marked the beginning of the Six-Day War. During six days, Israel managed to quadruple its territory and defeat three Arab states – Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

On this day, Israel launched several attacks without previous declaration of war. Among the major Israeli military commanders were:

– Yitzhak Rabin – Chief of the General Staff (later Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner),
– Moshe Dayan – Defense Minister,
– Uzi Narkiss – Israeli general who conquered Jerusalem.

Israel launched an air attack on Egypt. Almost 200 of Israel’s military aircraft flew across the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, in order to prevent detection by Egyptian radars. Only 12 aircraft were in Israel, which was a risky move (almost everything was used for the attack, and they didn’t have a strong anti-air defense).

During the mentioned attack, Israel destroyed about 400 opposing aircraft, and completely destroyed the Egyptian Air Force. After that, a ground offensive began.

Israel also launched invasion on the Sinai border. The strongest Israeli armored division was commanded by General Ariel Sharon, who later served as Prime Minister of Israel. They occupied the entire Sinai in a short span of time, and stationed themselves along the Suez Canal.

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