A bazooka, actually. In the IDF. And a paratrooper, no less (brown boots).
- “Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” -Winston Churchill
That’s what thirty IDF reservists have done, using the Israeli military reservist reputation for independent (okay, insubordinate) action, to help get their fellows out of the death traps laughingly called M-113 “armored” personnel carriers.
Funny only if your life doesn’t depend on them, like the
six seven Golani soldiers (one of them from Texas) killed in one a week ago. The first time I rode in a 113, way back in Army training in 1967, I thought: how efficient, cheap and convenient, all the soldiers inside can be quickly buried in the thing.
Then I heard that the slab-sided, box-on-treads—an easy target for even a pathetic marksmen—was even worse: it was made of bullet-permeable aluminum. I vowed to walk when the real time came and always did.
UPDATE: According to Haaretz: “Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is already leveraging the attack on the obsolete armored personnel carrier, in which seven Golani soldiers were killed, to ask for an upgrade of all the army’s APCs.”
UPDATE: He “was an example of a new and increasingly common breed of lone soldier — a native Hebrew speaker with Israeli parents who chose to move abroad in pursuit of business opportunities, but instilled a strong sense of Israeli identity in their children, so strong that they choose to return to Israel and serve in the IDF rather than attend university overseas.”
MORE: Astounding estimates of 12,000 to 20,000 people attended his funeral services in Haifa. Reflecting the love Israelis have for their young defenders.
Israel Defense Forces mighty 7th Armored Brigade Merkavas (Hebrew for chariot) hard-charging it to Moscow. Well, according to this report in the Russian snooze media, anyhow. Go Zionist 7th! Punch it all the way to Beijing!
Via Simply Jews
I wish it wasn’t necessary to put the brave young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces in harm’s way in Gaza, but after the terrorists of Hamas and its ragtag hangers-on fired rockets acquired from Iran at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, it seems to be necessary.
According to Austin’s private, open-source intelligence company Stratfor,
“….during Cast Lead [in 2008], they operated at night and creat[ed] their own crossing points [into Gaza] as opposed to using previously established points.
“They also relied heavily upon combat engineers, armored construction equipment including unmanned D9 bulldozers, and dog teams to establish their own avenues of approach instead of using common routes through Gaza.
“Ground units also worked in heavy conjunction with air assets for reconnaissance and close air support, and had access to comprehensive artillery support. This allowed them to avoid improvised explosive devices, heavily mined primary access routes, ambushes and counterattacks militants had planned near the assumed IDF approaches.”
But they’re bound to face surprises this time which could see more of them killed and crippled, each one a major tragedy for their immediate family and everyone in such a small country.
“Already in this round of fighting, unconfirmed reports have emerged saying that militants are using [shoulder-fired ground-to-air anti-aircraft missiles]. If these rumors are true, it could force a more limited role for rotary-wing air support as well as anti-tank guided missiles and thus seriously hamper the firepower, cover and protection provided by armor.”
UPDATE: Meanwhile, the IDF asks bloggers and news media not to say exactly where one of these unguided Hamas rockets lands, which might help them improve their targeting. Done.