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    Yes for the T-72, but no for the T-54/55/62. Not sure about the M48. https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/t-54.html https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/t-72-part-2.html#fuel_tanks
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    Note the penetration hole on the gun mantlet http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GPxgMYMVgnY/Utcd70-IOsI/AAAAAAAABMo/WsrTbdrR7xk/s1600/t_62.jpg
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    Another example, an Egyptian T-62 destroyed while carrying Diesel fuel drums
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    Not just for visuals. A tank carrying fuel drums might catch fire easily, even from artillery or small arms fire. During the 1967 war, gasoline drums carried on Jordanian M48s were used as aiming points for Israeli M50 Shermans and AML-90s, after they failed to penetrate the M48's armor. Diesel fuel is less flammable than gasoline, but still it's better for the T-xx to remove the fuel drums before going into battle.
  5. The Egyptians made wide use of simulators. See 13:39 in the video I posted on another thread:
  6. Pontoon bridge as one of the bridge models
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    We love photos

    More pictures by the same photographer: SU-100 Soft-skin convoy M3 halftrack mounting a DEFA D921 90 mm AT gun SA-321K Super Frelon T-34/85 in the Banias stream ex-Jordanian Land Rover, captured in the Chiftlik on June 7th, pressed into IDF service, destroyed near the Banias stream on June 10th Shot (20 pounder)
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    "Sagger drill"

    Correction and details, according to an official IDF report from August 1973: The aforementioned skirmishes occurred between November 1972 and February 1973. There were 3 major skirmishes, on November 9th, November 21st and January 9th. Both sides employed tanks (Shot Cal vs. T-54 and SU-100), artillery and fighter jets. The Syrians also employed AT guns and, for the first time, Sagger ATGMs (which the IDF have already met in the Suez Canal in 1970). All in all, 3 Israeli tanks were hit by Saggers (additional ones were hit by other munitions). The first Sagger launch was spotted by the IDF during the November 21st skirmish, near Stronghold 105 in the northern Golan Heights sector. Following intelligence reports, the IDF had prepared for a wider use of Saggers towards the January 9th skirmish. One tank in every platoon was appointed as a 'missile observer' and the Syrian positions were to be pounded with artillery fire. During the January 9th skirmish, the Syrians launched around 30 Saggers in the northern sector and some 6-7 in the southern sector. Two Israeli tanks were hit by Saggers: In the northern sector, near Stronghold 105, tank no. 814142 was scratched in the rear hull. Shown on page 53. In the southern sector, near Stronghold 115, tank no. 814152 was penetrated in the gun mantlet. The gunner was lightly injured and the main gun went inoperative. Shown on page 55. Unexploded missile remnants are shown on page 57. Lastly, a minor skirmish occurred on February 15th, during which 5 Saggers were launched in the southern sector (from around Abdin) and one Israeli tank was hit. The biscuit box mounted on the tank's front hull was destroyed.
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    "Sagger drill"

    'The Tank Hunter', a short Egyptian propaganda movie: Following the Six Day War, the Egyptian conscripts, most of whom were illiterate peasants (fallahin), had been criticized for their alleged inability to operate advanced weapons. This movie, filmed after the Yom Kippur War, glorifies the Egyptian fallahin who were trained to operate the AT-3 Sagger missile and did so successfully in combat. The soldiers interviewed are from the 112th infantry brigade, 16th infantry division, 2nd field army. Among the destroyed Israeli tanks shown in the movie, the M60A1 is identifiable by its turret number, 8134, seen on 1:21. It's tank no. 817697, that belonged to the 2nd platoon leader, L company, 410th battalion, 600th armored brigade, 143rd armored division. This tank was destroyed around here on the afternoon of October 9th 1973, while attacking the entrenched Egyptian 112th infantry brigade troops. The gunner and the driver were captured by the Egyptians. The platoon leader and the loader were killed and their remains were found near the tank on February 1974, when the Israeli army scanned the Egyptian-held area for MIAs (following the January 1974 disengagement agreement). BTW, a simulator for the Sagger missile did exist, mounted on a ZiL-157 truck. See 13:39 in the movie. Several such simulators were captured by the Israeli army during the war and were put into use along with the captured Sagger missiles.
  10. Footage taken in the early morning hours of October 16th 1973, showing the Cylinder Bridge being towed by 257th battalion tanks: Among the AFVs seen are M48A3s, M113s, halftracks (some with 20 mm AA guns), Shermans with dozer blades and a Sherman hull with a mine plow. These unique Sherman versions were fielded by the 606th armored assault engineer battalion, as opposed to the M50 and M51 Sherman MBTs fielded by the few remaining tank battalions still equipped with Shermans. The moustached officer seen briefing his men at the start of the video is Colonel Haim Erez, the 421st armored brigade CO. As the Cylinder Bridge broke down shortly after this footage was taken, the 257th battalion was sent to battle while the bridge repair lasted for some 6 hours. However, the breakdown didn't matter much, since the road designated for the Cylinder Bridge was still blocked by Egyptian 16th infantry brigade troops. Eventually, after days of heavy fighting, the Egyptians retreated on the night of October 17th-18th, the Cylinder Bridge was towed by the 410th battalion on October 18th and launched on the night of October 18th-19th. By that time, most Israeli forces planned to cross the Suez Canal have already crossed it, starting aboard Gillois amphibious tank carriers on the night of October 15th-16th and, since October 17th, on a full bridge made of Uniflote pontoons.
  11. 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. The footage seems to have been cropped from this short film: 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).
  12. An ex-Syrian 115 mm APFSDS round captured in 1973:
  13. Never heard about a full-caliber 115 mm AP, referring to the story about the Egyptian T-62s in the 24th minute. In 1973, the Egyptian and Syrian T-62s were captured with APFSDS, HEAT and HE-Frag rounds. The T-62 could easily penetrate any tank in IDF inventory from medium range. That was also true in 1982, except for the few Merkavas (which weren't immune either). At least the BM-3 did have 115 mm fins. Captured T-62s (named Tiran 6), with their original 115 mm guns, served the IDF from 1973 until the early '90s. Some of the captured T-62s were sent to the US (and to others) for testing. A 115 mm APFSDS is shown at 10:20 in the following video: The T-54/55s and SU-100s captured in 1973 had APDS, HEAT, APHE and HE-Frag. However, AFAIK the tanks captured in 1967 had only APHE and HE-Frag rounds. Perhaps, somehow, the full-caliber 115 mm AP story has evolved from the lack of 100 mm APDS and HEAT rounds in the Egyptian army in 1967. Also, referring to the story in the 8th minute about the 5th Sherman crewmember, AFAIK the IDF Sherman crew remained always 5. BTW, a M-50 Sherman was also restored by the same guys: An additional video showing the restored T-62: Lastly, a T-62 captured in Lebanon with the same blue and yellow tactical markings.
  14. 1. They have a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwgOYMBdQTz1BfbzH5OoHgg 2. Same tank (IDF registration 130758) in 1982, as fresh war booty:
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