Same way a lot of the colonial wars happened. Technological edge, and even more so, a modern western military discipline and training against poorer tactical and operational troops lead to extremely lopsided results.
>And even more so, a modern western military discipline and training
And, you can't just look at the various planes and tanks and say that 'oh yeah, they're about equal, tech is equal'. Technology, or at least applied use of technology in wartime, is partially cultural. Places like Israel have centralized maintenance facilities for their planes and their weapons systems, wheras arab armies, mostly out of fear of military units plotting against the capital, would divide up maintenance functions, often assigning repair work to tribes hostile to the guys being repaired.
Net result, one side has weapons that work, the other side it's hit and miss.
>>571443 >They completely wiped out Egypt's airforce and most of their tanks in a sneak attack they claimed was "preemptive".
Pretty much this. It was a shock to everyone, and that surprise basically ended the war before it started.
>>571386 >The real miracle is how Israel won the Arab-Israel war to create their state to begin with. It's not really a miracle, the Israelis were willing to fight harder. The Israeli armed forces were partially made up of terrorist gangs that were willing to burn down villages and drive people out of the country. They also had a number of people who had combat experience from fighting in resistance groups in Europe. Their goal was to expel as many Palestinians as possible, and they did it.
>>571328 modern Arab armies were essentially police forces made up of conscripts forced to enforce the Presidents hold on the government. With constant fear of coups, the regime never allows the military much independence. The Israelis on the other hand had a purpose.
>>571328 They had a more technologically superior millitary, were much more organized, and had much better do discipline and training, had overwhelming air superiority, and had generally better generals. They also fired first in a preemptive strike against amassing troops, so not only did they rob their enemies of the element of surprise, they used it against them
>>571443 To be fair, it was a preemptive strike. Troops were amassing on their borders and Egypt blockaded their Red Sea port of Eilat, something that can easily be seen as a deceleration of war, or at the very least a textbook example for a legitimate reason to start one. Say what you want about Israel but they did the smarter thing in striking first rather than sitting there waiting to be attacked
>troops massing on your border >attack imminent because you cannot fucking conceal these things, it is painfully obvious when it's going to happen and there's no mistaking it >kick your poised foes right in the front butt and cripple a vital part of their war machine, ensuring all their tanks are for naught
It was brilliant. Say what you want about the Heebs but they've got stones. And any sane nation would do exactly the same thing and be totally justified.
>>571386 Nah, most historians on the topic now agree that that a Jewish victory was highly probable. >Jews have higher morale >Jews are better disciplined >Jews are more centralized >Jews have united objectives >Jews have more experience
The only advantage the Arabs had were well-trained Jordanian troops. If you want to see a miracle, check out 1973.
>>571858 I have read this few times over the years.
I think if hit and run tactics come back into play with some sort of exoskeleton maybe Eastern Armies will matter again. Like its a technology equivalent of a horse acher. Leadership is still fucked though
>>571443 >That's why their occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights are completely illegal. Israel's attacks on June 5th only targeted Egyptian targets, while Jordanian and Syrian forces (occupying the West Bank and Golan Heights, respectively) were the ones attacking. Only on June 7th did Israel attack Jordanian forces in the west bank and only after June 9th were the Golan Heights attacked. As such these three territories were gained from unambiguous warfare.
Funnily enough, you failed to mention the one territory whose occupation was illegal, the Sinai Peninsula, which was taken from Egypt with its attack on June 5th. This was, however, returned in the 70s.
1. Surprise everyone by making a preemptive strike 2. Destroy pretty much the entire arabian airforce in the first few hours of the war by bombing the shit out of their air bases 3. Defeat the relatively small garrison located in gaza 4. Roll over the entire sinai peninsula in tanks, egyptian reserves fallback to the nearest defensible line which is the suez canal 5. Egyptians dig in on the suez canal, so just turn your entire army around and attack the area around Jerusalem (which was under siege this entire time) 6. Defeat Jordanian forces in Jerusalem, capturing the city 7. Entire Jordanian army goes "oh ok then bye!" and fully retreats out of the West Bank with barely any resistance 8. Jordanians dig in on the jordan river, so just turn your entire army around and attack Syria 9. Make small but meaningful advances in the golan heights for the last two days of the war 10. ?????? 11. Sign ceasefire, profit
There was nothing miraculous or even extraordinary about the Six Day War. It was just a simple display of very competent generaling. At no point were Israeli forces outnumbered by the enemy, and more often than not they were able to surround the arabs and utterly destroy them with almost unchallenged air superiority. The fact that neither Egypt or Jordan were particularly interested in the territories they were losing (Sinai is a desert, Gaza and the West Bank were occupied not even 20 years before the war) explains the very weak resistance and the fact they practically gave up on Sinai and the West Bank a day or two after being attacked. The heaviest actual fighting occurred in Syria, since it was the only country fighting on grounds it considered part of its "core".
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