End Turn 18...Southern Command HQ...Elazar, Bar-Lev, and Gonen stared at the intelligence map hanging on the wall. Something had gone terribly wrong. The enemy position at the Chinese Farm was not just lightly defended, but was in fact a well laid out defensive position occupied by a brigade plus from the Egyptian 16th Infantry Div. These forces were anchored along Tirtur Road, and over watching Akavish road, they same roads the crossing operation hinged on.
Adan reported that Akavish was open, but a mess, clogged with support vehicles. There was no one in charge of the traffic. The Brigade he sent up Tirtur had mad progress, but the enemy kept filtering back into positions his forces had cleared. The positions were occupied with tanks and AT teams, and infantry with hundreds of RPG's...
Rechef's Brigade had cleared the Lexicon/Tirtur junction, but north of that point was charnel house of destroyed tanks and halftracks. His advance up Lexicon was making progress but now, with the appearance of enemy forces opposite Matzmed, the hope of crossing the canal at that point looked dim.