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The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

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The guy who took these gave the ok to share them. A couple might be from elsewhere because my folders are not organized.  

Both the Israelis and Egyptians had a handful of vehicle mounted ATGMs in 1967.  Cobras and S11s as far as I remember for the IDF. I do not know of any actually being fired. There was neither the doct

Hi LoooSeR, In post 293, the black and white photo of the Nagmachon and Nakpadon next to each other, is one of mine. The correct name is Nakpadon. The Base where the machines were photographed w

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"Moderate anti-zionists" claim they captured and repaired a Merkava.






"Hakeem! Start the engine!" *Flintstones running noises*


If you forget the car underneath, it's actually kinda convincing from a quick glance.  The fact that there is a car underneath is fuckin hilarious though.

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I like it.  The gun on that think actually looks like a real 105mm.  I wonder of those tanks were originally Israeli Tiran 5's which Israel gave to their Lebanese allies, the South Lebanon Army militia.  That would be rather ironic.

Hi Walter,


It is in fact one of the Tiran's provided to Israel's Lebanese allies. As far as I am aware it was equipped with the original 100mm gun.



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I always called it the coif.

As well as the ball and chains, have a look at the ribs which make up the kit stowage pannier on tthe rear of Merkavas. They are made of ballistic steel and are designed to crush the fuze mechanisms of some mode RPGs. In other words, bar armour, long before it became popular on Western AFVs.

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