MemberMay 7, 2021 at 3:49 am
Another ‘undesigned’ historical allusion between the two Egypt-Israel encounters at the Bitter Lakes in the Suez Isthmus:
The 1973 Yom Kippur war was largely conducted in tanks for speed and protection in desert conditions, the same reason Pharaoh took 600 of his best chariots to recapture the Hebrew slaves in 1447 BCE. Egyptian tanks and Soviet missiles outnumbered and outgunned Israel’s forces, and it is estimated that the IDF lost up to 40% of their southern armoured groups during the first two days of the war. This was no easy rout and Israel suffered a near-defeat with tragic loss of life. In 1974, drawing on lessons from the Yom Kippur war, Israel started to develop their own tanks, which they called… Merkava, “chariot”. The first Merkava Mk. 1 tanks were supplied to the IDF in April 1979. Thereafter, the Merkava series has represented the backbone of Israeli armoured elements.