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About Marsh

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    Sadly, no longer in God's own county...Yorkshire!.
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    Tanks. S.F. Photography.Wine, Women and Celtic folk music.

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  1. I believe it is available for purchase on the Tank Museum website as from today
  2. Hi, Just a head's up of a new book just published by the Tank Museum at Bovington. It is Richard Ogorkiewicz's autobiography which he had just completed before his death and which was brought to publication thorough the determination of David Willey, Curator of the museum. I received the book out of the blue as a gift, through I think, the good offices of Richard's wife. The book is entitled "Observer of Cold War tank development", it is 78 pages long and richly illustrated and is full of interesting facts and personal anecdotes. Once available for general sale, it looks likes i
  3. Thanks to people who have expressed their good wishes. I am not (yet) on the front line and frankly hope I don't get there. I am too arthritic, out of practice and physically crumbly. One of my friends (about 15 years younger than me) volunteered to move from research to practice this week. He spent his first day on a COVID-19 ward. All six patients he was involved with today are expected to die. He is shattered.
  4. Thanks Stuart. Not doing anything exciting at the moment, still working at home. Waiting for a batch of training videos on the use of Personal Protective Equipment to be sent to me. I then update them and they become accessible to student nurses nationally.. I wish I was in your village! People round where I live seem to be sizing each other up as possible food sources...
  5. On You Tube there is a lengthy series of clips of Turkish airstrikes on Syrian AFVs, transporters the odd bridge etc. Mainly tanks being taken out. The video is of an exceptionally high standard. I don't recollect anything as clear as this being released by other air forces. See - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3f0N-mJsbI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1bwjJLqL9AJOpo9dGiVbZDXK5iXeUXMSZZqoWbSKArDc8ROQzKzL7dNqQ Cheers Marsh
  6. That was a nice video clip about Richard. I went to his funeral on Wednesday and it was a moving event. Rupert Pengelly of Jane's and David Willey of the Tank Museum led the eulogies. They spoke of his complete lack of patience with people in authority, (military and political), who were less informed about a topic than they should be. On the other hand, they both mentioned his kindness and tolerance towards people in junior positions and who were learning their trade. I was lucky enough to have experienced the latter. Richard did a lot of work behind the scenes, cooperating with primaril
  7. I have just heard from Richard Ogorkiewicz's wife that he died suddenly on Sunday. As all will know, he was a brilliant writer and analyst in the field of AFVs. He was still active physically and mentally, just completing his memoirs. I remember all his many kindnesses, keen intelligence and his wry sense of humour. I wil miss him. Marsh
  8. The photo of the conversion I have seen made it appear to be quite clumsy in execution. I don't know of any actual technical difficulties the Israelis experienced though. You are right, with the provision of US M60s, there was no pressing need to convert the T-62
  9. Hi Stuart and Bojan, The decision to convert the Tiran 4 and 5 to 105mm ,was very much due to performance and compatibility to the rest of the tank fleet. 100m ammunition availability was not really an issue. Tons of the stuff was captured in the various wars (especially in Sinai in 1967) and I suspect if needs be, could be purchased on the military "black market". The availability of 115 mm ammo, as pointed out by Bojan, was a different matter. Incidentally only one T-62, to the best of my knowledge, was ever converted to 105mm. Stuart, if you meant the T-55/55s and not T-62, the reaso
  10. Do you have any Israeli sources on parts smuggling for the T-54/55/62 tanks? All I have are vague references, and a fact that Yugoslavia both imported and produced more T-55 torsion bars and some engine parts than it could possibly use. Oh, those were always exported to "Africa" w/o stating destination country... At a same time 100mm guns were imported from "Africa" at the same time Israel was regunning T-55s... Another thing is 90mm tank ammo, imported from "Africa" in 1969., again by the time Israel was getting rid of it. Also, and good sources for 1948. war, other than Spitfires that were
  11. You are welcome. Camera translated further chunks if the book which I still can't find. It was clear that potentially the number of Tirans that could be introduced, were almost double the number of tanks lost. Because of US generosity in the supply of M60s, that option was never carried out. The main focus of the book by the way, is the enormous contribution that IDF repair teams made during the 1973 war. Effectively, by repairing damaged tanks, often more than once, they were the combat power multiplier that helped the Israelis hold their own. Incidentally, one T-62 was converted to a 1
  12. Speaking of that, does anyone know exactly how many Arab tanks (Tiran + unmodified T-54/55 and T-62) did Israel have after the 1973 war? Because based on what I've been able to find so far, it seems that during the 1973 war, most of the Arab tank losses (70-80%) were due to the abandonment of fully intact, repairable tanks. The Israelis ended up with enough captured tanks to fully replace all of their losses with a bunch left over for their reserves. They gave out captured T-62s like candy to West Germany, France and the U.S, and all of them were in pristine condition. The following text was
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