Why Egypt not did extend
its attack towards the east to the passes?
October Egypt extended its attack to the east to the
passes for a political objective which was to reduce
the pressure for Syria.
It had not been planned to
get the passes back at that time because the attack
of Egyptian tanks would be beyond the reach of
missiles of the Egyptian air defence "Sam" that
expose them to extensive Israeli air raids.
That happened in fact and
Egypt lost many tanks on 14th
of October. ( This was the strongest battle with
participation of 1500 tank and air activity from the
two parties .... our losses of tanks this day amount
250 tank)-chief of operation Mohamed Abdel Ghany Al-Gamsy.
The attack was developed to
the east in spite of the objection of each of
Saad Al Shazly, Chief of headquarter staff
and Saad Ma'moon, leader of the second army and
Abdel Moneim Wassel, leader of the third army.
But it was a political
decision of the late president Anwar Al-Sadat to
lighten the pressure of war on the brother state
Syria. Unfortunately, that was the most faulty
political military decision in the war of 1973.