As the Syrian onrush rushed on, Israeli tanks took up their prepared positions (both photos by Ian Drury)
The Israeli Air Force - recipient of much of the pre-war defence budget - was expected to save the day...
...but still the MiGs and Sukhois roared in.
Israeli mechanised infantry moving up
Each Purple Line strongpoint was garrisoned by a platoon of infantry and a tank platoon. Here an additional platoon of Centurions has arrived. Cynical readers may suspect that the strongpoint is not in fact a meticulously researched and finely detailed hand crafted bespoke replica but merely an Airfix Coastal Defence fort with the guns removed. As if.
The Syrian forces amounted to two tank brigades and two mechanised brigades, with plenty of artillery support...
...and - crucially - three bridgelayers.
Soon the Syrians armour reached the anti-tank ditch and engineers were deployed.
Accompanying Shilkas saw off some of the Israeli airstrikes...
...and shot down this Skyhawk. At this point the Syrian steamroller appeared unstoppable.