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Combined Arms Warfare in Israeli Military History

From the War of Independence to Operation Protective Edge

David Rodman is the author of Defense and Diplomacy in Israel’s National Security Experience: Tactics, Partnerships, and Motives; Arms Transfers to Israel: The Strategic Logic Behind American Military Assistance; Sword and Shield of Zion: The Israel Air Force in the Arab‒Israeli Conflict, 1948‒2012; and Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War: Diplomacy, Battle and Lessons, all Sussex Academic Press books. He has also published numerous articles on the Arab−Israeli conflict in various professional journals

Combined arms warfare (CAW) – the integration of different arms on the battlefield (e.g., armor, infantry, artillery, aircraft, and engineers) in order to achieve maximal efficiency there–is as old as war itself. Every army across both time and space that has engaged in combat has practiced one version or another of CAW, whether consciously or otherwise. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been no exception to the rule.

This book traces the Israeli experience with CAW from the country’s War of Independence in 1947–49 (against a coalition of Arab states) through Operation Protective Edge in 2014 (against a coalition of Hamas-led terrorist/insurgent groups). It describes and analyzes the IDF’s practice of CAW in each interstate war (IW), asymmetrical war (AW), and low-intensity conflict (LIC) that Israel has fought since the country’s establishment in the mid-twentieth century. The book also highlights the Israeli approach to CAW in respect of special operations (SPEC OPS).

With no end in sight to the Arab–Israeli conflict, and with further hostilities between Israel and its neighbors virtually assured in the future, Combined Arms Warfare in Israeli Military History constitutes an essential addition to the literature about Middle Eastern warfare. This book is aimed primarily at the academic and research community, but it is fully accessible to anyone with an interest in Israeli military history.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-967-8
Hardback Price: £35.00 / $50.00
Release Date: January 2019
Page Extent / Format: 172 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes


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