This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35, the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40, telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00, an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in the Sinai. At 3:30 explosions are seen from artillery fire. Abandoned anti-aircraft missiles are seen. At 4:14, more Israeli tanks are seen and at 4:35 large mobile artillery pieces are put into action. At 5;25 an Israeli jet streaks overhead. At 5:30, a group of civilians entertains soldiers with a song. At 6:12 Israeli tanks and personnel carriers are seen while at 6:23 soldiers prepare a camouflage net. Shelling of enemy positions continues from mortars. According to the announcer this fire is inside Syria and directed against Iraqi forces about four miles distant. At 8:00, an Syrian bunker is occupied by Israeli troops. At 8:30, a wounded Israeli female civilian is interviewed in her bed. She lost her baby in the seventh month of pregnancy during the initial Arab attack.
The Six-Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War, was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria.
In the period leading up to June 1967, tensions became dangerously heightened. Israel reiterated its post-1956 position that the closure of the straits of Tiran to its shipping would be a casus belli. In May Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announced that the straits would be closed to Israeli vessels and then mobilised its Egyptian forces along its border with Israel. On 5 June Israel launched what it claimed were a series of preemptive airstrikes against Egyptian airfields. Claims and counterclaims relating to this series of events are one of a number of controversies relating to the conflict.
The Egyptians were caught by surprise, and nearly the entire Egyptian air force was destroyed with few Israeli losses, giving the Israelis air supremacy. Simultaneously, the Israelis launched a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip and the Sinai, which again caught the Egyptians by surprise. After some initial resistance, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser ordered the evacuation of the Sinai. Israeli forces rushed westward in pursuit of the Egyptians, inflicted heavy losses, and conquered the Sinai.
Nasser induced Syria and Jordan to begin attacks on Israel by using the initially confused situation to claim that Egypt had defeated the Israeli air strike. Israeli counterattacks resulted in the seizure of East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank from the Jordanians, while Israel's retaliation against Syria resulted in its occupation of the Golan Heights.
On June 11, a ceasefire was signed. In the aftermath of the war, Israel had crippled the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian militaries, having killed over 20,000 troops while only losing less than 1,000 of their own.
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