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  1. Video Thread

    On the morning of October 14th 1973, the Egyptian 3rd armored brigade (of the elite 4th armored division, equipped with T-55s), maneuvered from Qarrat Moura through Wadi Mabouk, in order to take the Mitla Junction at the western opening of the Mitla Pass. Long-range IDF observation located this surprising move, which caught the 252nd armored division off-guard, as the wadi's eastern opening was defended by just an infantry battalion with halftracks but no tanks. The 46th armored battalion (401st armored brigade, M48s), which was planned to rest all day at the Mitla Junction, alerted its men out of the showers and hastily dashed south for the rescue. They arrived just in time to catch the whole Egyptian brigade in the wadi and decimate it, while the leading Egyptian vehicles were only 800 meters from the halftracks guarding the road to the Mitla. In the following video, taken on October 19th, the deserted Egyptian 3rd armored brigade tanks are seen from 0:56 to 1:32. IDF forces (M48s, halftracks, M113s) in the Mitla Junction are seen from 1:32 and on. The Egyptian relics shown until 0:50 are from the 1967 war, destroyed in the Mitla Pass by the IAF while trying to retreat west. https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAAF6XDZ940OUMMDSYEWID2UXB8-EGYPT-DAMAGED-EGYPTIAN-TANKS-IN-MITLA-PASS-ISRAELI-TANK-AND
  2. Video Thread

    Beirut 1982: IDF M113s (some burnt-out), halftrack, M60A1s Abandoned Syrian T-55s, ZiL-157, BTR-152 Merkava mk. 1, M60A1, Centurions, M107, M113s:
  3. Steel Beasts: Content Wish List

    that lead to the use of these colored air-to-ground IFF panels: Sticks outs a bit more than a map board...
  4. Steel Beasts: Content Wish List

    Pictures of on-tank map boards, in IDF use:
  5. 1965 M48 substitute in SB

    Visually the M60A3 is obviously the closest, but, aside from the stabilization and TTS, the gun is too powerful and the armor is too thick. If you choose it, you might want to strengthen the opponent as well. The T-55 indeed has a less powerful gun, but again the armor is too thick, the ammo loadout is too low (the M48A2C had 64 main gun rounds), the silhouette is too low and it doesn't have a range finder. Besides, in a European or ME scenario, the opposing force will be using it. I would go with a Leo 1 with the fuel and speed limitations suggested above, or perhaps a Centurion. The M48 was a real beauty, hope to see it in SB one day.
  6. Video Thread

    1981 movie about the Merkava development and production: 4:45-6:05: first drive (hull only), July 1973 6:52-7:07: launching ceremony (with M48 turret as a weight, since the planned turret was not ready yet), August 1973 7:07-8:12: turret is ready (disguised for OPSEC), December 1974 24:42-26:10: acceptance into service ceremony with the 7th armored brigade at the Golan, October 1979
  7. Video Thread

    There was a similar case in Israel in 1994. An embittered tank mechanic stole a Magach 7 out of the ordnance depot and drove it on the highway for 20 kms, until it threw a track and hit a lamppost. During the travel a bus was hit by the main gun barrel and 8 passengers were lightly injured. After the tank had stopped, the soldier moved to the turret, fired some rifle shots at the police and eventually surrendered after two hours of negotiation.
  8. Video Thread

    IAF Cobras launch TOWs on Syrian vehicles in Lebanon, June 11th 1982:
  9. Golan Heights revised.

    Interactive map presenting the force deployment at the Golan during the early stage of the 1973 war. Click on the symbols for English description. The map is from a research regarding the Syrian helicopter landings, that were part of the initial Syrian offensive.
  10. We love screenshots

    Picture slides taken by the paratroopers during the operation. AML-90s are seen on slides 15 and 20. A Jordanian M48 (probably the single one captured in this operation) is seen on slides 35 and 41. Video footage: AML-90s are seen from 2:19 to 2:35. Centurions are seen at 0:38, 0:42, 3:02, 3:07. The Allenby bridge (actually a Bailey bridge established instead of the one that was destroyed in 1967) is seen from 0:55 to 1:10 and from 1:23 to 1:35.
  11. We love screenshots

    The central force, tasked with taking Karama, was from the 35th paratroopers brigade, reinforced with 7 Centurions. The northern force was from the reserve 80th paratroopers brigade, with 9 AML-90s, 13 M51 Shermans (indeed from the reserve 60th armored brigade) and 4 Centurions. Its mission was to isolate the Karama sector from the north by blocking the Al-Misri junction. The southern force was from the 7th armored brigade, with 40 of its Centurions, tasked with isolating the Karama sector from the south by blocking the roads from Shunat Nimrin and Kufrein. The heliborne (Super Frelons and S-58s) infantry's mission was to land on the ridges east of Karama and engage terrorists fleeing from the town. The main trouble the IDF encountered was that many AFVs got stuck in the terribly muddy ground at the northern and southern sectors, while exposed to the Jordanian army positions. The infantry vehicle was the M3 halftrack, as there were no M113s in IDF service yet (although some were captured from the Jordanian army in 1967). The fighting in Safi (and in Feifa, Dhakhel and Wadi Khanzira) was a separate operation, conducted by the 401st armored brigade (M48A3s) under the Southern Command. Perfect execution with no losses, as opposed to the Central Command's operation.
  12. Video Thread

  13. On the summer of 1970, the IDF used T-54 tanks for indirect fire (from special ramps) on Egyptian SAM batteries beyond the Suez canal. The advantage of a tank over the M-50 howitzer was the tank's armor protection, which allowed the firing ramps to be established very close to the canal. The 100 mm HE-FRAG could go over 20 km if fired in 45 degrees and was found more suitable for the mission than the M48's 105 mm HEP.
  14. Video Thread

    IDF Yom Kippur war veterans search for their old tanks in a tank graveyard. Looks like all they could find there were M48s from the post-war batch (with reinforced fenders).
  15. Video Thread

    IDF M60s in the Sinai pullback ceremony of February 1980 (as of 0:35): Note the ERA bolts. The ERA itself was removed for the ceremony, since it was still classified back then. High resolution pictures can be found here. Edit: the link for the pictures works well now. These tanks belonged to the 252nd armored division.