Egypt declassifies war secrets from 1973 October War for 50th anniversary

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Feb 2024

The Ministry of Defence has released a series of official documents about the 1973 October War in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Sinai.

A declassified map illustrating the concept of the "Modified Comprehensive Operation II" on the "Gap Battle" -- which was known as Deversoir Gap -- and its stages during the October 1973 War. Photo courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Defense


These documents encompass military strategic planning for the war and the management of the conflict throughout its various stages leading up to the ceasefire. 

The ministry also declassified documents on the June 1967 War.

Moreover, the publications feature documents concerning the gap battle -- which was known as the Deversoir Gap -- that occurred during the war, as well as the disengagement and withdrawal of Israeli forces.

In addition, the ministry has made public several memoranda authored by the war's commanders, including Field Marshal Mohammad El-Gamasy, who served as the defence minister and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the war.

The documents were published, in the original Arabic, on the official website of the Ministry of Defence.

Egypt achieved victory in the October 1973 War against Israel, paving the way for the return of the occupied Sinai Peninsula after a peace deal was signed with Israel.

The war eventually led to Israeli forces withdrawing from the Sinai Peninsula on 25 April 1982, after 15 years of occupation, based on a peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979.

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