The Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum is Israel's official site for the 4965 (so far) soldiers of the armored units who fell serving the country of Israel. It is also one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. It was dedicated in December of 1982.
We paid for our tickets at the gift shop and then waited for the English speaking soldier guide.
|Entry after the gift shop up the stairs to the main area|
|Sign to the left of the stairs|
A Wall of Names, erected outside, displays the names of all the fallen soldiers from the Armored Corps, beginning with the War of Independence (1948) and up to this very day.
|Wall of Names|
|Title--Yom Kippur and Shalom Galil names of fallen|
|All Armored corps falling from 1973 to 1982|
|Menachem Odem--line 3|
|Entry to fortress--notice bullet-pocked wall|
There are 3 parts to the memorial inside this building.
The first, called the Gate of Heroism, shows cycles through black-and-what photos of the 4900+ armored division soldiers who have died since the War of Independence. They are listed without ranks, just with name, age, and date of death as all are equal in death. It is a dark room, similar to the feeling inside of a take.
|A few who died|
Along the path one can see quotations from ancient Jewish sources regarding the eternity of the human spirit and the essence of existence.
The second is a computer screen that shows pictures and details of those who died on the date on the Jewish calendar that one visits., with more This program was especially set up for the families of those who died.
|Yosef, died age 21|
|Elihu, died age 23|
|Zev Farkash, Died Aug. 12, 1979|
The tower of the fortress has been converted into a "Tower of Tears" by Israeli artist Danny Karavan.
|Walls of Tanks, with bullet holes, resuted|
Visitors can look at the wall and see their reflections with tears falling.
|Walls crying tears|
|"Spring" under floor|
Outdoor tank museum
The newest Israeli-produced tank is called the Mercava 3, from the word "chariot" as like a chariot, it has its engine (horse) in front.
|Mercava 3 Prototype|
|Howard on Mercava 3|
|Notice back door|
|Hotchkiss H-39 Tanks|
|Cromwell Tank in actual use|
|AMX Light Tank in Actual Use|
|AMX Light Tank|
|M51 Sherman Tank|
The Patton M43A3 was commissioned by the IDF armored corps during the mid-19602. They took part in the fighting in the Six Day War in 1967 i the "Steel Formation" in battles in the northern Sinai and Refidim, and even reached the Suez Canal. Later on in the armored service, the tanks were upgraded by the IDF's Ordinance Corps.
|Centurion Tank in action in the 1960s|
Armored 290 Rocket Launcher
In order to allow the IDL large firing strength, the Israeli military industry in cooperation with the artillery division developed the .290 mm rocket ground to ground launcher. It is based on the Serman chassis and was mainly used in the Southern Lebanon conflict in 1982.
A special section has a lot of tanks that were captured in wars.
|Some of the tanks captured in wars--Howard in the background|
The IDF captured a number of Panzer tanks from the Syrian army on the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War. These tanks were made in Nazi Germany. The sign below is in the format off all the signs at the museum, telling the horse power, number of maximum occupants, etc.
|German-made Panzer tank|
About 5,000 Sturmgeschutz Tank Destroyers were made by the Nazis and used against the Soviets in World War II, knocking out about 20,000 Soviet vehicles on the Eastern European front. Like the Panzer, these tanks were also transferred by the Soviets to the Syrians for use. They were later captured by the Israelis in the 6-Day War.
|Sturmgeschutz III Tank Destroyer|
The British light tanks date back to 1925 when several light models were developed for 2 to 3 crew members. Thousands were built by British industry and some were even used by the Egyptian army during Israel's Independence War. The model below was halted near a chicken coop at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in 1948.
|Vickers Light Tank|
The Stuart light tanks were the last generation of light tanks between the machine-gun carriers of the 1930s and the neavier tanks of WW2. These light tanks took a large part of the fighting against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Over 19,000 tanks of various sub-models were built in the US between 1941 adn 1944. The exhibited "Stuart" is one of the early models and has a British insignia.