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    Tanks, wine, women, Celtic folk music and Leeds United. Not necessarily in that order

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  1. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Yes, very good books in their own right, but not rich in historical detail. Still very worth buying, but not really what Toimisto is looking for.
  2. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Who dares summon the Marsh? Oh, Hi Zuk! Well there is very little in English. There is a wonderful book by Moshe Givati in Hebrew about the work of Ordnance Repair and Upgrade facility 7100, from 1948-1996. Unfortunately, since I can't really understand Hebrew, all I can do is rock back and forth and lick the pictures .... If you can read Hebrew Toimisto, get this book. In English Robert Manasherob has an excellent series of books covering the history and service of IDF tanks such as the Centurion etc. Michael Maas has an equally good series of books covering IDF armour, but they tend not to cover the historical development in as much detail, being more concerned with contemporary service. Still must buys though. Not much else springs to mind. Sorry Marsh
  3. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    I honestly don't know. I have learnt never to say never, when talking about Israeli tanks!
  4. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, Way back at the time of the Magach 6B Gal. However, as with most IDF armour upgrades, this particular one was done by switching over small batches of vehicles. Not all the Magachs converted to the new tracks and several different types of tracks were in service at any one time. cheers Marsh
  5. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi VPZ, The Nakpadon and its derivatives are still very much in use. The Nagmashot has gone, but I do believe the Nagmachon also remains in service too, or at least held in depots for use. Cheers Marsh
  6. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    It is a Nakpadon, not a Nagmashot, but yes, your principle does apply.
  7. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, I don't understand what you mean by the Merkava 3 was not fitted with additional, heavy applique armour kits in the same manner as the Merkava 2D. A major portion of the Merkava 3 production run were fitted with just such armour modules as the Merkava Siman 3 Daled (Mk. 3D). As well as those produced as new with the modules from the beginning, Merkava 3 Baz models were retro-fitted with the applique modules. Only a minority of the Merkava 3 fleet are left without the additional armour. If you are talking about only hull and side-skirt armour, then that would make more sense. However, there are different styles and weights of side-skirts available, some with better protection than the ones you see routinely fitted. There is also the matter of cost. Only a small portion of the Merkava 2 fleet were up-armoured to the Merkava 2 D Batash standard. Even then, the armour configuration and other changes used for the 2D Batash was not as extensive as the projected Merkava 2 "Tafnookim " which would have been too expensive. I could be mistaken, but I think the Merkava 3 in the bottom photo, was a developmental one used for the Merkava 4 programme, where new systems, armour modules, etc. were experimented with.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, It was explained to me by people in MANTAK, that the Merkava 1 was rushed into service before it was ready. The Merkava 2, if there would not have been such pressure to introduce the tank into the order of battle, would have been the first model accepted for service. The intent was that by telescoping the evolution of the Merkava and learning from combat lessons, what was in essence a developmental vehicle, could be rapidly modified into a fully fledged MBT.
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    Israeli AFVs

    At first glance, this appears, as has already been pointed out by Kylie, the left flank of an Achzarit. If so, then it's forward of the Toga mesh armour. Yet, I am not sure. I do wonder if it is some proof of concept, ballistic test rig, rather than the heavy APC itself. I have seen something similar when the Namer was being developed. There is another thing. I have met Tal a couple of times. He was a physically small man, as am I. The roof of an Achzarit towers well above our hight, yet on this photo it is at head hight. Something odd here. I am looking at the image on a mobile phone not computer, but isn't that hole an exit rather than entry point? Cheers Marsh
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    Israeli AFVs

    Just looking at a very small screen image, but that does look like a Merkava 3. If so, surprised that the 188th (Barak Brigade?) moved straight from the Shot to a later Merkava model. Cheers Marsh
  11. Marsh

    Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    Good spot, in the film it appeared so massive, it looked like a Nakpadon!
  12. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Interesting link. Thanks. Would it be OK if I put it in Tanknet? Assuming I can ever get on it again?
  13. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi LoooSerR, After the end of the Six Day War, the IDF absorbed into service approximately 150 T-54s and T-55s as Tiran 4 and 5s. A substantial stock of other intact and damaged tanks were kept for spare parts. After the end of the Yom Kippur war, the original intention was to replace losses by introducing two entire, new armoured divisions (Division 440 and Division 880) made up of captured and then upgraded T series tanks. along with captured BTR-50, Topaz APCs and BDRMs. Of the 139 captured T-62s in running order 79 were in excellent condition and introduced into service as an independent brigade of Tiran 6s to be allocated to Division 440. The Tiran 6s kept their 115mm weapons. Although the IDF was impressed by its performance, the original intention was eventually to replace the 115 with the 105 mm gun because of ammunition shortages Initially another 330 Tiran 4s and 5s were absorbed as war booty by the end of 1974. Upgrades were limited to new radios, optics and machine guns. The intent was that all the Tirans would have their gun replaced with the 105 mm , potential power-pack replacement and other profound upgrades as part of Project Samovar. Many hundreds of T-54s and T-55s in various states of repair were held as a store of spare parts. The IDF planned to absorb another 400-500 Tirans by the end of 1976. This was never carried out, and Division 880 was not introduced with ex Soviet equipment, nor was Project Samovar carried out. This was because the US sold sufficient M48s and M60s to rebuild the Armoured corps with Western equipment. If not for this, the Israelis would have been one of the largest users of T54s and T-55s outside of the Warsaw Pact. The irony. The numbers are accurate. A friend of mine "Camera" translated the Hebrew text to English from the second of volume of the History of the Ordnance Corps, written by the military historian Amira Shahar and offered for free download on the site of the Foundation of the Veterans of the Ordnance Corps. The Hebrew name of the volume is ‘The Ordnance Corps as a force multiplier – the history of the Ordnance Corps in the years 1967-1985’:http://himush.co.il/himush.co.il/ori...s1967-1985.pdf. The study is an excellent "warts and all" account pointing out serious shortcomings of the IDF, but also underlining just how important rapid battlefield recovery and vehicle repair was during the 1973 war. cheers Marsh
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    Israeli AFVs

    Hi Serge, I am well aware that the Namer is a heavy APC. Yet the intent for the Namer was originally for a family of vehicles, including a "Fire Support Variant". How do I know this? I was invited to attend a presentation and discussion of the Namer project, by the then head of Mantak, at the time the first Namer prototype was undergoing its firepower trials. Lack of funds and differences of doctrine withinj the IDF scuppered these plans. I do suspect that only a proportion of Namers will carry the new turret and envisage them acting as a Fire Support Vehicle, albeit, without ATGMs. I do understand that the nature of the enemy has changed, assuming things do not go pear shaped with Egypt or Turkey. As I stated, I do not expect ATGMs to be mounted on the vehicle. Incidentally I do not believe the IDF has "Air Cav" at least not in the way the US invisages it. Cheers Marsh
  15. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi Zuk, Normaly I would agree with you. I am not a fan of either IFVs or mounting ATGMs on an infantry carrier. It depends how the vehicle is to be utillised though. If it is going to be used in the same manner as a the Russian BMPT-72 (unlikely) as a tank support vehicle, or as an infantry support vehicle (likely). If the former, then ATGMs would make sense.
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