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On the first day of the six-day war, I was in a half-track with General Israel Tal’s division,’ he said of this image. ‘As we headed for Rafiah and El Arish through the Gaza strip, an Egyptian truck ahead of us was hit by an Israeli plane. The picture of the flaming truck and the dead soldier best told the story that Israel and Egypt were again at war. Time used it as the background for its six-day war cover that featured a portrait of defence minister Moshe Dayan, and Life printed it over a double page’

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