The Middle East was a battlefield for most of the 20th century, but one of the hardest fought wars of all was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. For three weeks the battle swung violently from side to side it brought each in sight of victory and defeat and it brought the superpowers America and the Soviet Union close to a nuclear showdown. The Israelis where in no doubt they were fighting for their countries very survival. In this program reporter Peter Snow reveals how Arab and Israeli commanders astonished each other with the boldness of their strategies. No 20th century conflict has been as lasting and as bitter as the struggle between Israel and it’s Arab neighbours and this is the story of the biggest battle between them which is still such a sensitive issue in Egypt that they wouldn’t let the BBC film there for this documentary.
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