Maj-Gen. ('Aluf') Ariel Sharon, 1973. A common sight for Sharon during the 1973 Yom Kippur War - squatting on the desert sand and planning movements, even sleeping outside on the sand along with other generals of the IDF.
Unit 101: the strength is in the smile
'Arik' Sharon flanked by men of "Unit 101" and Moshe Dayan, then Chief of Operations on the General Staff. "Unit 101" was made up of volunteers, not necessarily 'the best' soldiers in the army, but motivated men trained for parachute, commando and anti-terror operations. It existed between 1953-56, numbered about 50 men and earned a tough reputation.
|December 1 1956
Ariel Sharon (c) with fellow Israeli soldiers following a military raid into Syria.
Photograph: Israel GovernmentPress Office/AP
|October 17 1973
Israeli army Major General Ariel Sharon (r) talks with fellow general Haim Bar-Lev over a map of the Sinai desert during the Egyptian campaign of the Yom Kippur war.
Photograph: Yossi Greenberg/Getty Images
|October 31 1973
Israeli Major General Ariel Sharon near the Suez Canal, then occupied by Israel.
Photograph: Ilan Ron/Government Press Office/Reuters
|July 2 1982
The defence minister, Ariel Sharon (l), talks with Israeli troops during a visit to east Beirut, Lebanon.
Photograph: Ari Saris/AP
|October 25 1982
Israeli defence minister, Ariel Sharon (2nd l), testifies before a judicial inquiry commission investigating the "Sabra and Shatila" massacre during the 1982 Lebanon war. He was judged to be partly responsible for allowing the killing of Palestinians by Christian Falangists at the refugee camps in Beirut.
Photograph: Miki Shuvitz/Government Press Office/Reuters
|May 26 1986
The British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, greets the Israeli minister of industry and trade, Ariel Sharon, during a reception in honour of the Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem.
Photograph: Chanania Herman/Government Press Office/Reuters
|October 21 1998
The Israeli foreign minister, Ariel Sharon, speaks to the Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, during the Middle East peace summit in Maryland, United States.
Photograph: Avi Ohayon/Government PressOffice/Reuters
|February 7 2001
Ariel Sharon visits the Western or Wailing Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem the day after being elected as Israel's prime minister. In September 2000, Sharon visited the Temple Mount, or the Harm el-Sharif, on the other side of the wall, sparking off the "Intifada al-Aqsa".
Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images
|October 26 2004
The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, receives congratulations from members of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, after his government's proposed Gaza withdrawal plan was approved in a vote.
Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
|December 22 2004
The British prime minister, Tony Blair and his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon at a joint press conference in Jerusalem. Mr Blair was launching the first Middle East peace initiative since the death of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP
|February 8 2005
The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, shakes hands across a summit table with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA
|December 12 2005
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon at a meeting of the new centrist Kadima party which he formed after leaving the Likud party following internal opposition to the Gaza withdrawal plan. He set up the new centrist grouping with former Labour party rivals to contest a general election due to be held in March.
Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images
|1982: Ariel with his wife Lily and one of his sons at the Suez Canal.|
|Sharon, the war hero, shown here in 1973 during his legendary thrust across the Suez Canal during the Yom-Kippur war.|
Towards the end of the 1970s Sharon worked as agriculture minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
|Sharon, in 1971 as Major General, speaks to Prime Minister David Ben Gurion during a tour of Israeli army posts along the Israeli-Egyptian border.|
|In 1982 Sharon was questioned by a Judicial Inquiry Commission. He had ordered the invasion of Lebanon that lead to the massacre of Palestinian refugees.|
|Sharon (l.) 1976 together with the then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Major General Adem Yekutiel on the Sinai Peninsula in 1976.|
|Sharon observes fighting on the Sinai Penisula during the 1967 Six Day War. He commanded a tank squadron.|
|Together with Lieutenant General Haim Bar Lev (3rd L) and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.|
Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin, Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs Yoseph Burg,Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and the Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon walk to the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat October 10, 1981 in Cairo.
|The Six-Day War: Sharon (l.) with Major-General Yeshayahu Gavish in the Negev Desert.|
|Prime Minister Sharon at the Israeli-Palestinian border in 2003.|