13 Ağustos 2013 Salı

Destroyed U.S tanks in Iraq 2003-2011

M1 A1 Abram tanks destroyed; Iraq.
After the first gulf war where the U.S M1 A1 Abrams tanks successfully fought the Iraqi army especially of Tawakaluna Corp in the Battle of 73 Eastings and then Battle of Medina Bridge in First Gulf War 1991 in which 1245 Iraqi tanks were destroyed including Soviet-built T-72 Lion of Bbabylon tanks, it was thought that the Abrams tank a 68-ton beast was almost impregneble. But when U.S invaded Iraq in 2003 the Abrams myth of invincibility finally came to an end.

M1 A1 Abrams destroyed probably by a road side bomb in Iraq.
Abram partially destroyed and lying abandoned by its crew in the street.
Abram squarely hit and destroyed by RPG on main road in Baghdad.
Destroyed and charred in heavy street to street fighting where tanks most usually get hunted dut to their massive size decreasing their mobility.
Towing destroyed Abram.
Abram failed!

M-1A1 destroyed by RPG ambush. Successful attacks are scored at stationary targets, primarily from side or rear attacks, at the less protected parts of the tanks

12 Ağustos 2013 Pazartesi

Battle of Longewala, myth busted

It is very proudly told by the Indians throughout the globe of 120 odd Indian soldiers of the Indian 23rd Punjab having repulsed 2000 soldiers of 2 Pakistani brigades and 60 tanks of 22nd Cavalry, losses of 200 soldiers killed and 52 tanks destroyed. Maj. Kuldip Singh Chanpuri latter a brigadier was decorated with the  Mahavir Chakra (2nd highest galantry award of India) for this battle. He is credited as to having destroyed 8 Pakistani T-59 tanks. Latter a movie called Border was also made on this issue in 1996.
Pakistani accounts always contradicted what Indians stated according to Brigadier Zahir Alam Khan only 18 T-59 tanks were lost, and that the advance only stopped due to 4 Iandian Air Force Mk 5.5 Hawker Hunters. According to Brig.Zahir all went wronge because the attacking for carrying out Operation Labaik werent adequatly armed.There were engineering battalions to support and inadequate artillery (just 4 guns) and just 5 anti-aircraft guns which too got jammed in the desert. Tanks got bogged down and became an easy target for the IAF Hunters. BUT! There was no army to army contact!
 General Abdul Muqeem Khan , in his book ‘Crisis of Leadership in Pakistan’, mentions that large number of vehicles, tanks and guns got bogged in sand. The enemy was the master of skies and destroyed 18 tanks and other vehicles at his leisure. 
One of the own-destroyed T-59 left in Rajistan.
17 T-59s were destroyed by Indian Hunters inside Rajistan while another one was destroyed inside Pakistani territory as the 22 Cavalry fell back. All destroyed tanks were recovered and pulled backed but only 2 T-59s in, servicle order, were left behind because they had bogged down in sand and were latter destroyed by own tanks.

In 2008 almost 37 years after the end of Third Indo-Pak War 1971, even Indians started to accept the reality. Maj.Gen.Khambatta GOC 12 Infantry Division accepts that there was no army to army combat! Even Maj. Gen.Atma Singh Hansara goes to the extent saying Pakistanis suffered no losses in men except for tanks. Air Marshall Bawa Singh who was then a Wing Commander states there was no contact between opposing forces at all. When he went to Longewala post he saw Chanpuri hiding in a trech when Chanpuri saw someone comming he lept thinking it was a Pakistani wanting to take him Pow!
‘This is my challenge. There was no contact between the enemy and the army. When I landed at Longewala on December 5, Chandpuri was hiding in the trench. I called out to him and he was relieved to see a Sardar. He thought they were going to be captured. Let us not fake battles to earn medals’
Indians must revisit the true account of this story and respect the reality rather than myths created by Bollywood cinemas.
Further details could be studied from an Indian site in which Indian sources themselves completely deny any army to army contact between both the sides.http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main38.asp?filename=Ne150308the_truth.asp

Battle of Karameh, Jordan fights back -1968

After the 6 Day War of 1967, when Jordan had lost so miserably to Israel, both Israel and Jordan once more went to battle in a small Jordanian town called Karameh on 21 March 1968. The mentality of the Israeli leadership was deeply rooted in the 6 Day War and they expected the same failures from Jordan from both the strategic and operational levels.
The Israelis decided to attack the Palestinain Liberation Organization basis in Jordan. They hoped for a quike and swift victory but as it turned out to be, it was Israel's first major defeat. Israel failed in acheiving her goals and lost 250 soldiers killed and 450 injured. another 43 tanks and 53 vehicles and 7 warplanes were destroyed by the Jordanians.
We are never told about what the Arab side has to say about her wars with Israel, even the "neutral" sites state Israeli and highly biased sources.                                                            

King Hussein, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on the back of an Israeli tank damaged after the battle of dignity.
captured Israeli jeep, by Jordanian army- Karameh 1968.
captured Israeli Centurian by Jordan, Karameh- 1968