Two sides to every story Veekster, theirs is a lot less flattering. We know the truth, though, don't we?<quoted text>
Red Star. But of course. That's why Brezhnev and Andropov just about fired or "retired" the whole joint-chiefs...uh-huh, lulz.
Somehow miraculous Israeli 92:0 air-kill ratio + whoppiong 17 Soviet SAM batteries taken out in matter of hours --- remember, Syrian air-defenses were THE most dense outside of Moscow at the time, plus of course ton of Soviet "advisers" basically in charge... got turned into an epic, Orwellian Charlie Sheen "WIN!!!oneOne111?!!! " for the
Then again, compared to the most recent Gaza claims of having sunk the Knesset building in "Al Quds"; remotely hijacked & landed like a dozen Zionist F-16, apaches and Dolphin submarines --- not to mention caought 1000's of collaborators & AIDS poisoners of water-wells...
Red Star, Pravda, ITAR-TASS come off looking like a Walter Cronkite in comparison.
In fairness, it took a second day to get the last couple of SAMs and then roam the skies with impunity. The Soviet advisers did exactly what we would expect under the circumstances vis a vis ground-controlled intercepts but the Israeli forces enjoyed a major qualitative advantage over the Syrian's USSR gear. As well, the SAM umbrella which Israel faced in 1973 was much more effective than the Syrian defenses so I might take issue with how you describe the "Mother of all aerial battles". Luckily, the losses of '73 drove home the need to have a coordinated SEAD scheme which paid (as we so easily saw) a major survival dividend for Israeli pilots.