MemberMay 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm
Where the quote above says “on both banks of the Canal”, what that means (according to the accompanying map) is this: The Israeli troops and tanks surrounded the Egyptian Third Army and penned it in along the western shore of the Bitter Lakes. The Egyptians had their backs to the sea and were facing the break-through Israeli army on their western side. Behind them along the far eastern shore of the Bitter Lakes was more of the Israeli army holding the recovered Bar-Lev line. You could say the Egyptians “were entangled in the land; the wilderness shut them in.” The armies were engaged around the very same body of water where Pharaoh and his army drowned about 3400 years before.
I have this book; if anyone wants a scan of the text and the maps, email me.