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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973The USSR's Military Intervention  in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict$
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Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693480.001.0001

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The Soviet Presence is Formalized and Expanded

The Soviet Presence is Formalized and Expanded

(p.33) 3 The Soviet Presence is Formalized and Expanded
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

Oxford University Press

Lieutenant-General Petr Lashchenko, the ranking member of Zakharov’s delegation, remained in Egypt as the chief Soviet military adviser and “commander of the Soviet Forces Group.” While constructing the Egyptian defense line along the Suez Canal and overseeing rehabilitation of Egyptian units to Soviet standards, he negotiated the upgrade of Soviet “experts” to “advisers” with quasi-command authority. Resistance within the Egyptian military ended with the arrest and reported suicide of Abdel Hakim Amer, the commander-in-chief in the June war. On the day the agreement was signed, with hundreds of Soviet advisers arriving in Egypt, the Soviets were involved in the sinking off Port Said of the Israeli destroyer Eilat – the first sinking of a warship by missile. Soviet air advisers established a de facto air base at Cairo-West and began flying sorties opposite Israeli planes, for now undetected.

Keywords:   Petr Lashchenko, Sergey Vinogradov, Sergey Sokolov, Evgeny Malashenko, Israeli Destroyer Eilat, Naval missiles, Alexandria, Port Said, Cairo West airbase, Tu 16 bomber

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