Israeli infantry units and armoured forces were concentrated in the Negev Desert July 21 ready to commence large scale summer manoeuvres.
Helicopter bringing The Chief of Staff at observation point.
The Chief of Staff and members of the General Staff
Air force attack
Armour attacking force
L.S. of battle area
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Background: Israeli infantry units and armoured forces were concentrated in the Negev Desert July 21 ready to commence large scale summer manoeuvres. During the exercise - combining speed, fire-power armoured columns and planes and initiative of commanders in the field - troops, armoured columns and planes were tested against tactics likely to be employed by enemy forces.
Israeli Chief-of-Staff Rav-Aluf Laskov - who arrived at his observation point by helicopter - said that the speed and flexibility of the combined forces, infantry, engineers, artillery and Air Force were necessary to obtain a quick decision in battle. Cooperation between military engineers and armoured units were tested as tanks and other vehicles covered difficult ground.
The objective of the Israeli forces in the exercise - lasting several days - was supposed fortified concentration held by an enemy division.