02.06.2011 29.Ijar, 5771 Jom Kippur Katan; Tag 44 des Omer
If Western Wall stands for exhilarating triumph of Six-Day War, Ammunition Hill is sobering symbol of the price of military victory.
On June 6, 1967, at 2:30 a.m., IDF paratroopers stormed Ammunition Hill, a Jordanian outpost strategically located between east and west Jerusalem, en route to the beleaguered Israeli enclave at Mount Scopus.
The soldiers encountered far stronger resistance than they had anticipated and a fierce, bloody battle broke out. Several hours later, as the sun rose over the Hill, the Israelis emerged victorious. But military triumph came at a bitter price: Thirty seven soldiers had been killed in and around Ammunition Hill in close combat among the Jordanian bunkers….