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Yom Kippur War Israeli Ministry Defense inscribed token of appreciation, 1973
Item code: 0130069

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Yom Kippur War token of appreciation in English, 1973: blackened bronze tallion bearing the IDF's emblem surmounted by olive wreaths, with dedication in English etched on reverse: "With Appreciation Min.[istry] of Def.[efense] I.D.F. Israel Oct. 73".

As this is a token from the highest levels of the defense establishment - and in English - it is probably in thanks to the American members of the airlift of arms which the US began sending to the IDF on 14 October 1973. Though arriving 8 days "late", the supplies were appreciated thus by David ("Dado") Elazar, the Chief of Staff: "We fire every morning what arrives in the [previous] evening from the United States. The IDF's own supplies we already exhausted some time ago."

The American airlift came by Galaxy transport planes and brought in about a thousand tons of materiel every day for close to a month. In UNC; weight, 14.8g; size: 30mm x 35.5mm.

מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה מדליות מדליה אות אותות הנצחה הוקרה צה"ל צה"לי צבא מלחמת יום הכיפורים