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17 minutes ago, CR2_Commander said:

In Kosovo we were given a full bomb load for CR1 and told to keep hold of the 7.62 ammo boxes. That was a storage  challenge.

Imagine trying to pack the full combat loadout into an IFV...and then someone comes along to say:

"We may not be able to resupply you for 3-4 days, so add Food and Water* accordingly" (for 9 People) 😱

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10 hours ago, Grenny said:

Imagine trying to pack the full combat loadout into an IFV...and then someone comes along to say:

"We may not be able to resupply you for 3-4 days, so add Food and Water* accordingly" (for 9 People) 😱

Its called the roof. ;)

 

We have become adept over time with "external stowage".

 

Although it got to the point that we needed to add a vehicle to some organisations to support extended patrolling (e.g. a Cav Troop) where the 1 x APC has been replaced with 2 x APC (each carrying half a section) but also carrying the additional "stuff" required.

 

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11 hours ago, Gibsonm said:

Its called the roof. ;)

 

We have become adept over time with "external stowage".

 

Although it got to the point that we needed to add a vehicle to some organisations to support extended patrolling (e.g. a Cav Troop) where the 1 x APC has been replaced with 2 x APC (each carrying half a section) but also carrying the additional "stuff" required.

 

You know, our roof has hatches the we want to open...and we where no cav  😉

You can(and we did) hang stuff on the outside of the vehicle, but you only must put shit there that is not a game breaker when you loose it.

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October 30th, 1973: IDF recover the two Centurions (of the 430th armored battalion, 500th armored brigade) that sank into the 18-meters-deep Suez Canal, with 6 of their crew members, on the night of October 18th -19th, when carried from Sinai to Egypt by a Gillois amphibious tank carrier that was directly hit by Egyptian artillery.

One of the dead, the H company CO (previously V company XO, promoted to replace casualties), could escape as the loader and driver did, but instead he tried to pull out the gunner and both drowned with their tank. His father, a reserve Ordnance Corps lieutenant colonel, was told about the drowning when he met the 430th battalion near Suez City while searching for his son. He then settled by the drowning place and waited for almost a week until his son's body was finally recovered.

The complex recovery, lead by the best-known IDF ordnance Corps tank recovery expert (standing on the turret in the second picture), involved the use of divers and several vehicles, including a heavy crane, M88 and Centurion ARVs.

 

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We are preparing this Leopard 1 at GHRVPK for static display, meaning that we are removing anything useful from the inside, that would be ruined from our wet weather, before it gets a paintjob.

 

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I have been allowed to keep this lamp, as a souvenir and has personally pulled it out from the TC station of 46.781. I will put it on the bottom of the shelf above my main screen as my new desktop light. Both the red and white light works in it.

 

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I have been collecting information to create a controlbox for Steel Bests Pro PE and now I have to determine what functions are supported by SBPPE. I will do another post about that later.

 

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I have been allowed to borrow this Gunner grip to measure and do some photogrammetry on, so I can create a 3D model and print my own version.

 

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Meanwhile others where doing standard user maintenance checks and winter preparations on some of our running Leopard 1’s.

 

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Happy Simming

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Shortly after the June 1967 war, an Israeli ordnance officer has located some 30 Jordanian army Centurions left abandoned near the ancient Herodium fortress, while he was flown over Judea by an IAF light reconnaissance aircraft to seek war booty.

When the IDF 681st ordnance workshop men arrived there, they found that the Jordanian crews had filled the fuel tanks with sand before they escaped. The Israeli ordnance men had to remove the fuel tanks, clean the fuel system and tanks and reinstall in field conditions for all 30 Centurions, before they could be driven uphill to Bethlehem.

From Bethlehem the tanks were transported on flatbeds to the workshop, where they were refurbished and accepted into IDF service. Like all other 1967 war booty tanks (T-54/55s, M48s, PT-76s, IS-3s, M4s) accepted into service, the ex-Jordanian Centurions were numbered 109###, as opposed to the typical 81#### numbering common to most Israeli Centurions. The ex-Jordanian machines were always preferred by IDF Centurion crews, as they tended to be more reliable for some reason.

Here are some of these captured Centurions, seen while waiting for the flatbeds at the Manger Square, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity. Note the Hebrew graffiti on the tanks, which includes the number 681.

 

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image.png.1bb75dc6d2d312b8740bed4a970efa28.png "Erprobungsträger mit 3-Achs Stabilisiertem Turm" (trial vehicle with 3-axis stabilized tower)

Developed during the MBT70/KPz70 program, this is essentially a modified Leopard 1 with new features, including the stabilized turret and a 1000HP engine.

Armed with a 105mm main gun, a coaxle 30mm cannon and a RWS, the Erprobungsträger Mit 3-Achs Stabilisiertem Turm was unique. The crew aside from the driver was located in the turret with the ammo in the left hemeshpere of the turret

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