An image of the most successful postwar tank, the Centurion. This is an ink sketch from a photograph of an Israeli machine. The Israel Defence Force were prominent users of this tank and with them, they drove the invading Arab armies from their borders.
The drawing is a tribute to these brave Israelis who defended their state from the armies of despotic Arab governments and Palestinian terror.
In 1945, six prototypes of the A41 Centurion were rushed to Germany for field testing but these prototypes did not see action. They would have been a match for the German Tigers and Panthers. The Centurion was armed with the 17-pounder (76.2mm) gun then. In subsequent years, Centurions were upgunned to a 20 pounder (83mm) gun and finally a 105mm gun. The longevity of the Centurion in service was due to the basic soundness of its design and its ability to mount heavier armament.
With the ranging machine gun, the Israeli tank crews were able to acquire Syrian and Egyptian tanks before they can respond. Egyptian and Syrian T-54s and T-55s were utilising stereoscopic sights for ranging then.
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