Originally posted by SwiftFootedAchilles 'the M1A1 can take out their main battle tank'
Probably true but, unless I am mistaken, the United States has not recently sold any M1s to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Eqypt and they certainly
would not, could not, sell them to Iran now, could they?
So your much trumpeted shout about 'the M1 can take out their main battle tank'
does not stand up to close scrutiny and is therefore
Originally posted by Lambo Rider They attacked Egypt at "coffee" time in 67 so they got 2/3 of they're airforce while they were on
the ground, and NON of the Arabs nations ever had "over-lapping" air-defeance (SAMs) networks, so the Isreal could easily enter they're air-space.
I suggest you order a book entitled The 6 Day War, published [thinks] by Salamander or IMI. The forward is written by the late Moshe Dyan and has
detailed maps of all the campaigns mounted by Israel, including your so called 'coffee-break' air attacks!
However, if you can't be bothered, here's a synopsis:
The pre-emptive airstrike against the air forces of Egypt, Syria and Lebanon in 1967, took place at approximately 04:30 hours [local] with the
executing the attack from the northwest, coming in [as they had to] from over the Mediterranian Sea.
The air attack against Jordon commenced at 05:30 just as the first rockets and bombs were hitting their tgts in the aforementioned countries. Attacks
against Iraq and Iran also took place about the same time.
By 07:45 hours [local] all the major Arab air forces were all but destroyed on the gound with only a few brave but foolhardy Arab pilots defending
what was left of their airfields, as the second strikes that were sent in to mop up arrived on or about 08:15 [local].
On October 6, 1973, when the Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked Israel, they did so on the Israeli holiday called 'The Day of Atonement' or 'Yom
Through brilliant strategy on behalf of the Egyptians and very bad Int from the Israelis, the Egyptians forced the Suez Canal and, under an umbrella
of SA2, SA3, SA 6 missiles, made good headway as they thrust into the East Sinai up to a depth of 10 miles.
The Israelis lost over 100 pilots in a desperate battle to destroy the Egyptian AFVs whilst the Egyptian soldiers were destroying tank after tank with
their new AT-3 'Sagger'
Once the Chel Ha'Avir
turned from near suicidal air attacks against the enemy armour and bridgeheads and came down low, they were more often
than not destroyed by SA 7 'Grail'
SAMs backed up by the formidible ZSU-23-4s!
This forced another change of tactics by the Chel Ha'Avir
who took a leaf out of the American 'Wild Weasel'
textbook, written during
the air war over Viet Nam.
The switch from high - low - to medium SEAD ops, took the Egyptians by surprise and within a short period of time, the Chel Ha'Avir
despite appalling and irreplacable losses, won the day.