Editor, The Armory Life
Contrary to what the author says, the overwhelming number of the Syrian tanks destroyed on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kipper War were destroyed by Israeli tanks than the RL-83.
The RL-83s were used by the Israeli troops in the string of observation posts along the cease-fire line that were bypassed by the swarms of Syrian tanks, as well as rear area posts that came under attack.
Aside from a couple of inaccuracies this is a good account of the Battle for the Golan.
Well thanks. I got sucked down the rabbit hole and have been reading about various Israeli-Arab conflicts for the last 3 hours.More...The Saga of OZ 77 in the Arab-Israeli War of 1973
With Syrian tanks overrunning the Golan Heights' southern sector, only selfless acts of bravery by the 188th Barak Brigade prevented the Syrians from capturing the heights and threatening the entire north of Israel.www.historynet.com
The BL-83's was most used in defense of the 17 Israeli Golan outposts along the Purple Line, the defense of the Israeli division headquarters at the Nafekh crossroads, and the two Battles to retake the Mt. Hermon outpost.Thank you for the insight, and link. However, I didn't mean to imply that the RL-83 was the primary weapon to destroy the Syrian tanks in the Yom Kippur War.
I wrote, "The RL-83 was further credited with destroying many of the Syrian’s 500-plus vehicles, which included 260 to 300 T-55 and T-62 tanks, lost in the October 6-9, 1973 fighting in the Golan Heights region now known as the Valley of Tears."
I only meant to imply many tanks were destroyed with the weapon, not an overwhelming number.
More "light" reading....Well thanks. I got sucked down the rabbit hole and have been reading about various Israeli-Arab conflicts for the last 3 hours.