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    Blighty. Sadly, no longer in Yorkshire.
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    Tanks, wine, women, Celtic folk music and Leeds United. Not necessarily in that order

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  1. The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Note the extra storage panniers on the upper hull flanks. Could this be a vehicle to supplant either the Puma and/or the Nagmachon/Nakpadon?
  2. The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Not a thing! Great find. For some reason, the hull reminds me of something. Can't place it. I wonder if it is a Frankenstein conversion of an existing AFV in IDF service, rather than a new build. The IDF were always opposed to light tanks, which makes this beast all the more interesting.
  3. The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Nice photo LoooSeR. It really shows the sheer size and bulk of the Namer. My avatar shows me standing in front of one of the first pre-production vehicles and it absolutely dwarves me.( I am short mind! )
  4. Explosive Reactive Armor

    "In 1967 War the most popular pilot language was polish for exmaple." This is frankly laughable. There was practically no movement of Polish Jews to Israel from the 1950s to 1968. The major movement of 13,000 or so Jews who left Poland after the March 1968 political crises and a surge of antisemitism post dated the Six Day war and of the 13,000. Only 28% went to Israel and fewer stayed. (By the way, no one is allowed to serve in the IDF unless there Hebrew is reasonably fluent. You are not allowed to use a different native tongue in combat). The Aliyah of Russian Jews to Israel is an entirely different matter. It was vast and did include a significant number of scientists, engineers and people who had military experience. Even then, it was only in the 1990s that the IDF trusted Russian immigrants to serve in sensitive areas of the military. I am well aware that the Soviet Union developed ERA long before the Israelis. I also freely acknowledge that Soviet developments were actually better designed and more effective than the rather primitive first generation Blazer. However, having been involved in researching the origins of Blazer and having been fortunate to sit and chat with Manfred Held on two occasions, I can assure you, it was not developed by Russian emigres.
  5. Books About Tanks

    Hi, The bonus book offer is US only. I live the other side of the Pond.
  6. Books About Tanks

    Talking of books. I have a pristine copy of my Merkava book published by Tankograd for sale. Its still shrink wrapped. I also have two copies of the book in excellent used condition which I am willing to sell. If anyone is interested, please PM me. I have to be honest guys, I will be selling them a lot cheaper than Abe's books, where they are quoted as £304 ($380), but they won't be cheap. I need the money! Cheers Marsh
  7. Books About Tanks

    Just downloaded the two books in E book format directly from the US World of Tanks site. No problem in doing so, even though I am based in the UK. Much cheaper than Amazon UK where they wont be available until June.
  8. Fucking NERA everywhere

    The Merkava's belly is made up of two rather thick plates in a shallow V configuration with a space in-between. (It can also be fitted with an applique belly plate when the tactical situation determines it). The space used to hold fuel cells. On the Merkava 3 onwards, the fuel cells were replaced with a simple air-gap. Apparently, although the fuel cells in the belly did offer useful protection against penetration, there was a problem. In the case of an explosion under the tank, the liquid transmitted the shock wave to the crew compartment to a greater extent than was optimum.
  9. Hi Collimatrix, In the case of Syria though, the lack of innovation wasn't just in peacetime. Through the endless conflict with Israel, the Syrians seemed absolutely unable to upgrade or otherwise fix their tanks. One IDF tanker once told me, only half-joking, anything more than a thrown track and the Syrians just expected the Soviet Union to provide a new tank. That mind set has now apparently gone.
  10. One of the things I find interesting is the efforts by what's left of the Syrian army, to improvise upgrades of their MBTs. Previously, through the course of several wars, there had been little attempt to do so. Beyond changing tracks, and very basic repairs, there was little engineering capability evident to modify or improve AFVs. Things have changed considerably.
  11. The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Hi Walter, 18 year old conscripts. Rough terrain. Powerful machinery. An exceptionally poor, (at least by UK/USA standards) driving culture, which blends aggression with flawed technique. What could possibly go wrong? cheers Marsh The only worse standard of driving I have seen was in Crete, 20 years ago, out in the sticks.
  12. I am lucky enough to have handled two of the prototypes and years ago chatted to one of the retired officers involved in the testing process. The ergonomics are much better than the Galil.
  13. Small Arms are not really my thing, but didn't the Uzi Gal assault rifle (pity the Gail won the contest) have the same unusual bolt carrier?
  14. Missing ships Java Sea

    Now, this is definitely weird ...... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37997640
  15. The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Like the beefed up side skirts ..... Now I know what this beast was intended for (Casualty evacuation apparently)., I must say it' a bloody silly design. Surely converting one of the many mothballed Merkava IIs, would have made more sense. Rear hatch etc for bringing in stretchers.