Meet the NZHistory.net.nz team. The Sinai railway had not yet advanced far enough to allow large numbers of infantry to be brought across the desert from El Arish to attack Rafah. By morning, “Zvika Force” was winning the battle against the Syrian 51 st tank brigade, but they got a desperate call to pull back. The Battle of Najaf was fought between United States and Iraqi forces on one side and the Islamist Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr on the other in the Iraqi city of Najaf in August 2004. The MEU and the Mahdi Army first exchanged fire on 2 August. Task Force Dragon had earlier (June 2004) relieved the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment who had been extended twice in Iraq. With two bayonet charges they crossed the last of the open ground and captured both Ottoman positions after a brief hand-to-hand fight. 4) Total period of Abbasids caliphate was 508 years. Soviet 70's map of the battle area. Realizing that the battle he was now embroiled in was merely a feint to pull Zvika Force out of position, Zvika and one other tank broke off from the battle and rushed back to defend Nafah. Being without a unit wasn’t going to stop this officer from getting into the war. Major conflict began on 5 August, when the Mahdi Army (MA) attacked an Iraqi Police Station at 1 am. By midday the attackers were more or less pinned down by the relentless artillery, machine-gun and rifle fire. This opened the way for the other attacking brigades to outflank and break into the rest of the Ottoman trenches. In this, the attackers were to be sorely disappointed. In the heat of the battle however, Greengold heard radio chatter that the IDF forward base at Nafah had fallen under attack by the Syrians. 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After heavy hand to hand and room to room fighting the hotels were secured, relieving elements of Charlie Co. who were pinned down in the cemetery. Unknown to Colonel Ben-Shoham, Zvika had met up with Colonel Yisraeli’s force at dawn and fought in the battle that delayed the Syrian 51st Tank rigade’s attack along the Tapline Route. Although Nafah was nearly lost, the tables began to turn in Israel’s favor. As the afternoon wore on the attackers made only slow progress in reaching and reducing the defences, with the Ottoman Turks resisting fiercely. It had been a close-run thing, but thanks to the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, the Battle of Rafah had ended in another victory for the EEF. The Auckland Mounted Rifles did so just before dawn, with the rest of the brigade soon following. A key factor in the British gamble was the hope that the Ottoman garrison would have little stomach for a close-quarters fight. The forward detachment of the 91st Tank Brigade starts on table within 12" of point C. … Then the whole line [got] up as one man for the final rush, firing had ceased. Here and there a man dropped. The horses seemed to enter into the spirit of the job, and … we galloped on over green crops. By now the danger that an Ottoman relief force would arrive from Gaza was increasing. The Soldiers of 1/5 Cav fought across this inhospitable terrain and under it in some of the first tunnel fighting seen since Vietnam. The Mahdi Army kept a steady resupply of men and weapons coming out of the Wadi-us-Salaam cemetery. Nafah was the name of the Syrian village that existed here until the Six Day War in 1967, and now Nafah is the adjacent military base." Haffah is a Sunni Muslim town that lies in the foothills of the coastal mountains that form the heartland of Assad's Alawi sect. One of them caught my horse by the bridle but I hit him on the back of the neck with the sword back. The Mahdi Army utilized large hotels that overlook the cemetery as overwatch machine gun positions. Zvika Greengold today serves as Mayor of Ofakim, a city in southern Israel. A platoon from the 66th Military Police company had been in Najaf since March and was one of the only American units in Najaf before this time. The Battle of Najaf was fought between United States and Iraqi forces on one side and the Islamist Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr on the other in the Iraqi city of Najaf in August 2004. A U.S. Marine UH-1N helicopter was shot down by small-arms fire on the second day of the fighting while conducting a close air support mission over enemy positions, the crew survived. After a brutal fight, the IDF forces overcame the Syrian tanks and pushed them out of the base. Even then Chetwode had to move quickly to make sure his men gathered up all their wounded and Ottoman prisoners and moved out before the relief force arrived. Camp, R. D. (2011). Page 6. After several days the fighting shifted to the environs of the Imam Ali Mosque when the Mahdi Army withdrew and took refuge there. This page was last edited on 15 August 2020, at 02:34. GK: 1) Hazrat Uqba Bin Nafah" is called "Muslim Alexander ". As we neared the position, the shelling and machine gun fire increased. Commercial re-use may be allowed on request. Minneapolis, Minn: Zenith Press. The Valley of Tears (Hebrew: עֵמֶק הַבָּכָא, Emek HaBakha) is the name given to an area in the Golan Heights after it became the site of a major battle in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, known as the Valley (or Vale) of Tears Battle, which was fought between the 6th and 9th of October.