Today in 1973, After pushing Syrian troops from the Golan Heights, Israeli troops under General Raful Eitan counterattacked into Syrian territory.
During the battle for the Golan, the Syrian army lost approximately 1,100 tanks. Some 3,500 Syrians were been killed, and 370 prisoners taken.
At the end of the battle a special paratroop unit led by a young officer named Yoni, made its way through Syrian-occupied territory, and in a dramatic rescue operation, evacuated Lieutenant-Colonel Naty Yossi, who had become stranded during a previous attack attempt.
The Yoni mentioned here is none other than Yoni Netenyahu, the man who will lose his life three years later on the rescue mission at Entebbe. His second in command described the scene, “Yoni attacking, shooting and his leading his men into battle, leading them, not giving orders from behind.”
By nightfall, the Israelis were ten kilometers inside Syria and literally on the road to Damascus.
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