M60 vs T-62: Cold War Combatants 1956-92 (Duel, Volume 30)
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Step onto the battlefield and immerse yourself in the experience of real historic combat. Designed for the battlefields of Europe at the height of the Cold War, the M60 and T-62 were the premier combat tanks of their day. However, it was in the deserts of the Middle East that they finally met in battle. This new Duel title examines the design and development of these main battle tanks, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and describing and analyzing their performance on the battlefield during the Yom Kippur War, the Iran-Iraq War, and the first Gulf War. Included are color photographs, cutaway artwork, and original illustrations by Richard Chasemore. It's a must-read for fans of the evolution of armored warfare.
counterattacks by both the Egyptian Second and Third Armies as the battle of the Chinese Farm continued on October 15–17. The 87th Reconnaissance Battalion was hit by a major attack during the early hours of October 16. It turned back the Egyptians, but at a high cost; its commanding officer Major Yoav Brom and 24 other members of the unit were killed, scores more wounded, and A too-common sight in October 1973: this M60A1 suffered a catastrophic kill, probably the result of the hydraulic fluid
above. This lesson – that crew training and quality is the decisive element in armored warfare – was seen throughout the 1973 fighting. The Israelis also noted that the T62 suffered from poor human engineering compared to the M60A1. The interior was cramped – Soviet tank crewmen were all selected from draftees under 5ft 6in (1.6m) tall – and the ride cross-country was hard and painful. In the 1973 war, numbers of Arab tankmen were affected by these conditions and some were asphyxiated or went
of Iraqi tanks, including T-62s, which they knocked out without loss. 1st Lieutenant William Delaney was commanding 1st Platoon, D Company, 3rd Tank Battalion from an ex-197th Brigade M60A3 in front of TF Ripper. “In all, our company got 15 tanks. It was unbelievable. Tanks blew up with tremendous explosions. Turrets flipped off. There would be 15 to 20 more explosions as ammo cooked off. Everybody in my platoon got a tank kill.” A USMC M60A1 RISE Passive – part of 2nd Marine Division’s TF
They entered service with a 36-tank battalion at the Armored School (which had an operational mission on mobilization) and then with the 600th Armored Brigade and 87th Reconnaissance Battalion, both reserve units committed to reinforce the Sinai front. Colonel Tuvya Raviv formed the 600th Armored Brigade: “I was appointed the commander of the 600th Armored Brigade in September 1971 when the brigade did not exist. I guess I got the job as a result of my considerable armor experience… I had to
establish the 600th Armored Brigade from nothing and for that mission I got experienced tank veterans from the [1969– 70] static war and new M60A1 tanks which were not equipped with all of the required systems, such as no machine guns etc. My brigade finished training just weeks before the 1973 war.” Yehuda Geller also served in the new brigade: “I completed my basic training in the late 1950s using the Sherman M50 and the French AMX-13 light battle tanks, and served my reserve duty from 1961 to