Friday, January 30, 2015

SYRIAN ARMY OOB, YOM KIPPUR WAR, OCTOBER 1973

SYRIAN ARMY OOB, YOM KIPPUR WAR, OCTOBER 1973

Following the 1967 war the Syrians began a large re-equipment program with modern Soviet equipment. This was increased, and supplemented by additional Soviet training, following the poor performance of Syrian forces during the 1970 fighting between Syria and Jordan.
Just prior to the 1973 war Syria adopted a divisional command structure. Up to this point the highest level of command was the Brigade.



5th Infantry Division: Brig. General Ali Aslan
112th Infantry Brigade
61st Infantry Brigade
132nd Mechanised Brigade
47th Independent Tank Brigade
50th Artillery Brigade
7th Infantry Division: Brig. General Omar Abrash
68th Infantry Brigade
85th Infantry Brigade
121st Mechanised Brigade
78th Independent Tank Brigade
70th Artillery Brigade
Moroccan Brigade (30 T-55) (attached)


9th Infantry Division: Col. Hassan Tourkmani
52nd Infantry Brigade
33rd Infantry Brigade
43rd Mechanised Brigade
51st Tank Brigade (T-55)
89th Artillery Brigade

1st Armoured Division: Col. Tewfig Jehani
91st Tank Brigade (T-62)
4th Tank Brigade (T-55)
2nd Mechanised Brigade (40 T-55)
64th Artillery Brigade (54 guns including 18 T34/122mm SP Guns)

3rd Armoured Division: Brig. General Mustapha Sharba
20th Tank Brigade (T-55)
65th Tank Brigade (T-55)
15th Mechanised Brigade
13th Artillery Brigade
81st Tank Brigade (T-62) (attached)

Independent Brigades:
Assad Republican Guard (T-62 & BMP)

Army Level Assets:
Artillery Brigade (36 180mm guns)
69th Rocket Artillery Brigade (FROG-7)

General Headquarters Forces: Maj General Yousef Chakour
70th Tank Brigade
141st Tank Brigade
81st Tank Brigade (T-62) (attached to 3rd Armoured Division)
62nd Mechanised Brigade
30th Infantry Brigade
90th Infantry Brigade
1st Commando Group
82nd Parachute Regiment
Additional Artillery Brigades
Syria lost some 1150 tanks in the fighting. In addition, Iraq and Jordan, who both committed forces to the fighting after the initial attacks, lost a further 100 and 50 tanks respectively.

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