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  1. 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.
  2. Video Thread

    IAF Cobras launch TOWs on Syrian vehicles in Lebanon, June 11th 1982:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Video Thread

  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. Israeli Skins circa 1973

    What is Malachi? BTW, the IDF didn't have many M60s during the war, only 150 or so. The most common MBT on the Egyptian front was the M48A3 (with 105 mm gun), around 400 of them.
  11. Please comment

    Really fresh food supply?
  12. Video Thread

    Merkava mk 4 crew training company
  13. Steel Beasts: Content Wish List

    BTR-152 Wheeled APC without a roof, a bit different than all current vehicles in SB. Post WW2 vehicle, widely used by the Soviets into the '60s. Most common APC in the Arab armies during the 1967 and 1973 wars. A moderate squint would be enough when depicting similar vehicles like BTR-40s and halftracks.
  14. Israeli Skins circa 1973

    The tanks used by the IDF in the Golan during the war were Centurions (about 600-650 of them) and Shermans (about 150).