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  1. Golan Heights revised.

    The forces deployed on October 6th at 14:00: Israeli army: Northern sector: 13th infantry battalion split into posts 101-110. 74th armored battalion split into platoons. 334th heavy mortar battalion (160 mm mortar on Sherman chassis). Two Artillery School (9th Instruction Base) batteries (French M-50 howitzer on Sherman chassis). A single battery from the 405th medium artillery battalion (M109). Southern sector: 50th paratrooper battalion split into posts 111-117. 53rd armored battalion split into platoons. 405th medium artillery battalion (minus battery). A single Artillery School battery (M-50). At the rear: 7th armored brigade near Tell Shiban. Two batteries from the 55th heavy artillery battalion (M107). HQ at Camp Nafakh. Total: 177 tanks (all Shot Cal A), 11 artillery batteries (44 gun tubes). Syrian army: Northern sector - 7th infantry division: 68th infantry brigade & Moroccan 1st infantry brigade at Mazraat Beit Jann - Hadar - Ufaniya. 85th infantry brigade around Jaba and between Khan Arnabah and the Maas Junction. 121st mechanized infantry brigade around Kafr Nasij and Tell Qarin. 78th armored brigade between Tell Ash-Shams and Maas. Central sector - 9th infantry division: 52nd infantry brigade west of Aqraba - Al-Hara road, around Naba As-Sakhr. 33rd infantry brigade between Kudna and Jasim. 43rd armored brigade between Inkhil, Zimrin and Qyta. 51st independent armored brigade south of Inkhil, east of Jasim. Southern sector - 5th infantry division: 112th infantry brigade at Qarqas - Ghadir Al-Boostan - Tell Al-Jabiyah. 61st infantry brigade west of Tell Jumu, around Ein Dhakar and the Tapline road. 132nd mechanized infantry brigade around Tasil - Adwan - Ash-Sheikh Saad and NE of Saham Al-Golan. 46th armored brigade NE of Nawa, west of Dili. 47th independent armored brigade at Ash-Sheikh Maskin - Ibtta. Hermon ridge: A commando battalion at Arnah. Two companies at higher posts. At the rear: 1st armored division (T-62) near Al-Kiswah. 3rd armored division at the hills south of Qatana. Its 81st armored brigade was put under the command of the 7th infantry division. The Defense Companies (T-62 armored brigade + commando battalions) south of Damascus, near Al-Yarmouk refugee camp. Total: 1400 tanks (T-54/55/62), 115 artillery batteries. Note that the border lines and some of the roads were different than they are today.
  2. We love photos

    Welding accident at the Israeli Armor School in 1995: No casualties. Note the instructor chair on the Magach 7C's turret roof. These tanks served the TC course. The 7C was later refurbished and sent for display in the Latrun Museum. Also note the 6B's T142 tracks - at that time the Armor School 6Bs were the only active IDF tanks with T142, as the 6Bs of the 401st armored brigade were fitted with Merkava tracks for deployment to the northern theater. Reserve units kept the T142, however.
  3. Video Thread

    Sinai toured by Israeli civilians after the 1967 war (last two minutes are unrelated): Two Egyptian Centurions are seen on 0:50 and 0:56 among the T-54s in a war booty lot. AFAIK the Egyptian army had just one Centurion battalion, which was decimated in the war. The burnt-out Egyptian vehicles, seen between 1:15-3:20 and 4:28-5:12, were destroyed by the IAF and by the Centurions of the reserve 200th armored brigade in the Mitla Pass, while trying to flee back to Egypt. The 200th armored brigade penetrated Sinai through Wadi Haridin, considered impassable to armor by the Egyptians, and dashed to the Gidi and Mitla passes in order to block retreating Egyptian forces. Some of the Centurions ran out of fuel (even with the third fuel tank welded to the rear hull, it could go only 9 hours, as opposed to 16 hours after dieselized in 1970) and were towed forward by others.
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  5. 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
  6. 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:
  7. 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...
  8. Steel Beasts: Content Wish List

    Pictures of on-tank map boards, in IDF use:
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Video Thread

    IAF Cobras launch TOWs on Syrian vehicles in Lebanon, June 11th 1982:
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.