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Ben (the other one) |
October 31st, 2008 at 12:02 pm
The tank graveyard picture reminds me of a trip I took to Egypt in 1984. I took a bus from Cairo to Jerusalem (there was a transfer at the Rafah border). The bus got a flat in the Sinai peninsula, and everyone got out while the driver changed the tire. It was very early in the morning in December– perhaps 6:30 or so, so it was still pretty dark outside. Looking to the south of the road, as far as the eye could see, were tanks, spaced randomly but about 50-100 yards apart on average. Each was destroyed like the tanks in the photo from Iraq. They were all casualties of the Six-Day War, when the Egyptian armor was decimated after being driven back by the Israeli Air Force. The IAF’s preemptive strike against Egypt’s Air Force had left the tanks utterly exposed. They looked like it had happened a few weeks, and not seventeen years before. I suspect that each was a deathtrap for its crew.
Later in the trip through the peninsula, I saw a rusted steam engine near the remains of abandoned Israeli settlements.
Great shots on that link…just amazing how crisp those shots are.
I’ve been to that tank graveyard in Kuwait…we were deployed out there during Desert Fox (when Clinton bombed Iraq in ’98 while he was getting impeached). It’s a really huge…I remember that my commander when I was out there wasn’t familiar with his GPS system and accidentally navigated us into a nearby field of unexploded ordinance. Good times.