Subjects in the Combat Studies Institute list of readings on military professional development and leadership:

General Studies
Ancient History
War in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Era of Fredrick II and Napoleon

Civil War
The British Empire
World War I

J. F. C. Fuller and B. H. Liddell Hart
World War II
Korean War
Modern Warfare
Vietnam War
Falkland Island War
Arab-Israeli Wars

The Nuclear Age
The Moral Effects of Combat

Russian and Soviet Military History
East Asian Military History
Sea Power
Air Power
The Press


Combat Studies Institute - Arab - Israel Wars

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On the Banks of the Suez: An Israeli General's Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War

General Adan, in this memoir and lively account of his experiences as an armored division commander along the Suez Canal in the 1973 October War, criticizes Ariel Sharon as both commander and strategist. Armor officers will find this book particularly valuable.


A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier: (Contributions in Military Studies)

Gal, a veteran of twenty-three years' service and for five years chief psychologist of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), describes how the IDF functions and how the Israeli Army trains and motivates its soldiers. Included in this book are chapters on women in the IDF, basic training, leadership, battle stress, ethics, and problems.


The Battle for Jerusalem

General Gur's "you-are-there" type of book presents an exciting personal account of the battle for Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. Gur is great at description but is rarely analytical.


The Arab-Israeli Wars : War and Peace in the Middle East from the War of Independence through Lebanon.

Herzog's excellent one-volume account of Israel at war analyzes the War of Independence, the Sinai Campaign of 1956, the 1967 Six-Day War, the war of attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Entebbe operation, and the invasion of Lebanon.


The Heights of Courage: A Tank Leader's War On the Golan

This Israeli tank battalion commander's account of battles on the Golan Heights during the 1973 Yom Kippur War is must reading for armor officers. Using tapes of battlefield communications, Kahalani provides a personal view of men at war and shows how they overcame initial defeat. The foreword is by General Donn A. Starry, former commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School. General Kahalani attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1978.


The Israeli Army, 1948-1973

Luttwak and Horowitz focus on the men and ideas that shaped Israel's defense forces.


The Crossing of the Suez

In his memoir of the 1973 October War, the Egyptian chief of staff presents a detailed and critical examination of a significant military operation.

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