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Marsh

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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. Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    Good spot, in the film it appeared so massive, it looked like a Nakpadon!
  2. Israeli AFVs

    Interesting link. Thanks. Would it be OK if I put it in Tanknet? Assuming I can ever get on it again?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Israeli AFVs

    Hi, Apparently it's a 30mm Bushmaster and the vehicle as shown, is the configuration entering service. One important question is will Spike ATGMs be an option? Cheers Marsh
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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! )
  10. 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.
  11. Books About Tanks

    Hi, The bonus book offer is US only. I live the other side of the Pond.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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