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Oz 77

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Our next stop on our very busy day was to Kibbutz Elrom to view a movie about a strategic battle that was fought in what is now known as the Valley of Tears during the Yom Kippur War. The Kibbutz itself was founded in 1971 just 2 years before the battle. Kibbutz Elrom is located in the Golan and is known for its agriculture and studio, which adds subtitles to the majority of films in Israel.

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We entered the movie theater and saw a newly produced movie about the bravery of the 77th tank battalion led by Avigdor Kahalani. The story is told through the eyes of the members of the battalion, which makes it very emotional. Ten days before the Yom Kippur War, the 77th battalion was called up to the Golan to secure the area. According to their intelligence, it appeared that the Syrians would attack in the evening. Bombs actually began to drop at 1:55 p.m. on Yom Kippur. The Israeli forces were actually meeting to plan their strategies and were caught off guard.

Avigdor Kahalani was a survivor of a fire during the Six Day War and now led a battalion of tanks outnumbered 1 to 10 in the Golan. He understood that his battalion was holding down the security of all of Israel. If the Golan fell then many Israeli’s were at risk. Through real footage we heard the commands and the emotion that was occurring during the battle. Oz 77 held off the Syrians for 3 days. The end of the battle was miraculous as one of the Israeli tanks had no shells and Kahalani did not give up, but ordered his men to advance.

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Advance they did and thank G-d they won. 300 Syrian tanks were actually found abandoned after the battle. Israel lost 840 soldiers and 3,000 were wounded on the Yom Kippur war. Some things cannot be explained without the intervention of G-d. Hashem is constantly watching over His people and land. After the movie, we visited Har Bental, which is 1,165 meters above sea level. It very clear to see (even with the clouds) that the Golan is crucial to the security of Israel. We thank the soldiers and members of the 77th battalion for their bravery for the land of Israel.

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