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  2. Footage taken in the summer of 1972, showing IDF Shot Cals training with the Cylinder Bridge in the lake created by the Ruaf'a Dam in the Sinai Peninsula. When the IDF had to cross the Suez Canal in the 1973 war, none of the two tank companies trained to tow the Cylinder Bridge was available: M company of the 9th armored battalion (Magach 3 - M48A3, 105 mm) was wiped-out on the first day of the war near Mifreqet stronghold, A company of the 82nd armored battalion (Shot Cal - Centurion, 105 mm, Diesel) was defending Mazra'at Beit Jinn in the Israeli bulge in Syria under the 1st infantry brigade. Instead, the Cylinder Bridge was towed by reserve tankers from the 257th (Magach 3) and 410th (Magach 6A - M60A1) armored battalions, who hastily trained with it during the war. The Ruaf'a Dam was built in Wadi Al-Arish, which drains the rain water from the mountains of the central Sinai into the Mediterranean. The area was captured by the IDF 3 times, in 1948, 1956 and 1967. The October 29th 1956 battle of the Ruaf'a Dam, during which A company of the 82nd battalion captured a heavily-defended Egyptian compound (Archer tank destroyers, 17 pound and 57 mm AT guns) despite suffering heavy losses, is considered the foundation stone of the Israeli Armor Corps. In the 1956 war, A/82 was the only company equipped with the most advanced IDF tank, the M50 Sherman (French 75 mm), which was designed to counter the Soviet T-34/85 supplied to Egypt. The company CO was Moshe Bar-Kokhva, who became famous for his stirring leadership and later served as the 45th mechanized infantry brigade CO in 1967 and as the 210th armored division XO in 1973. A reenactment of the battle, probably from 1968: After 1967, the lake created by the dam was one of the sites used by the IDF for water obstacle crossing training. The last training exercise there took place in 1981, shortly before the area was returned back to Egypt. Some of the reserve tankers who took part in the last training at the Ruaf'a Dam were veterans of the 1973 crossing. The background picture on pages 136-137 in this Israeli Armor bulletin was probably taken during that training (note the crossing M60s have ERA).
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  3. Another flawless victory by eSim Games Tech Support! Huzzah! Huzzah!
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  4. Not gameplay videos, but very cool videos I found on YouTube today. These did not come up from a search; they were tank videos recommended by tank videos recommended by tank videos. Okay, first one is pretty 70s funny with the 70s scifi touch they try to add. Enjoy...
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  5. Who has the faster "fire control system": Answer:
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