Hook Presents: “IAF-Part 7: 1973 Yom Kippur War – Mount Hermon”

25 years of victories in the Middle East have led to the IAF gaining legendary status. As conflict drags on through the War of Attrition, though, the Israelis become complacent, having gained the Sinai, Gaza, West Bank and Golan Heights in the 1967 War. To the West, the Egyptians continue to receive training and equipment from the Soviet Union, but Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dyan is unconcerned. Indications and warnings of Egyptian attacks go unheeded… until on October 6th 1973, when both Egypt and Syria launch massive attacks against Israeli positions.

BRIEFING

1973

After losing control of Mount Hermon on October 6 and failing to recapture it on October 8, the IDF, and the Golani Brigade in particular, grew determined to recapture it. Its loss levied a heavy toll on Israel’s intelligence gathering during the war. At 10:15 PM on October 19, Israeli Chief of Staff David Elazar was on his way to the Israeli Northern Command to monitor an attack on the Hermon. At that time, the General Staff learned of the United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s notification of an immediate ceasefire to the war. Elazar was asked to return to Tel Aviv, where he met with the Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan, and they agreed that recapturing the Hermon was top priority.

Yehuda Peled, who had commanded the failed counterattack on October 8, decided that it would be best to attack from the Syrian enclave to the east, instead of from the Golan again. The 4,000 foot climb from that direction was very steep, but would bring the attacking force straight to the Israeli outpost without fighting on the ridge. The Golani commander, Amir Drori, concurred. Peled’s 51st battalion was therefore posted in an abandoned Syrian village at the foot of the eastern side of the Hermon. For three nights, the battalion practiced a quick climb with full gear, and Peled concluded that the mission was possible. Elazar ordered him to take the entire crest, including the Syrian Hermon. Golani was to capture the Israeli Hermon, while a reserve paratroopers brigade, under the command of Colonel Haim Nadel, would lunch a surprise attack via C-130 paradrop in the early morning hours to put the Syrian Commandos on the defensive.

YOUR MISSION

October 21st, 1973

Rekab (Kfir) and Sakeen (F-14 OR A-4) must work to soften defenses on the summit of Mt. Hermon, to give Mazek flight a chance to insert paratroopers somewhere on the ridge. This will require air defenses and fighting positions to be suppressed or destroyed. A Recce flight is recommended to analyze the Syrian’s defensive capibilities, followed by a strike / SEAD package. Remember that Rekab and Sakeen must control the entire battlespace, to include surface to air and air to air threats. The Syrian Commandos atop Mt. Hermon are very capable, and they have been known to leverage close air support, heavy lift helicopters, and indirect fires to sustain their position over the last two week.

Mazek Flight, comprised of relatively new C-130 Hercules provided by the USA, will attempt to insert paratroopers on the summit of Mt. Hermon, where they will begin distracting and eroding the Syrian Commandos defenses. Once the paratroopers have been landed, we must sustain their operations to give the Golani Brigade time to climb the eastern slopes. Mazek flight will continue running a “ring route” to keep the paratroopers in the flight, and will supply the Golani Brigade with any additional arms or equipment needed to accomplish their mission.

Mazek flight pilots have the option of initially flying with Sakeen or Rekab for the preliminary recon and strikes, but they must be ready to transition to the Hercules once the land attack is a go.

 

 

THREAT ASSESSMENT

Expect ADA and SAMs to have coverage throughout the area over Mt. Hermon and to the East. A mixture of 23, 37 and 85mm guns, SA-2 and SA-3 missiles can be expected. Syrian aircraft consist of MiG-19 and MiG-21’s. Syrian CAP has been know to operate over the AO, however the frequency of flights is hard to predict. 

AREA OF OPERATIONS – MT. HERMON / GOLAN HEIGHTS, 1973

 

AIR TASKING ORDER
Sakeen FLT (F-14B as F-4E Phantom OR A-4E)

  • Tasking: Strike
  • Armament: 2 x AIM-9; 2 x AIM-7; 12 x Mk-82 LD
  • Max Fuel allowed is 50%, to simulate F-4, no limit to A-4E
  • Radio Comms: Preset 1 (243) GUARD. 

 

Rekab FLT (AJS-37 Viggen as IAI Kfir)

  • Tasking: Strike and RESCAP
  • Armament: 4 x AIM-9; 2 x Rb05A
  • Radio Comms: Preset 1 (243) GUARD. 

 

Mazek FLT (C-130 Hercules)

  • Tasking: Heavy lift
  • Cargos: Paratroopers, ammo pallets, and vehicles.
  • Radio Comms: Preset 1 (243) GUARD. 

 

 

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