Welcome to the 39th Episode of The Two Tankers And A Cat Podcast!  In This Episode We Talk About The Merkava main battle tank and the 1982 Lebanon War!  The Merkava is a main battle tank used by the Israel Defense Forces. The tank began development in 1970, and entered official service in 1979. Four main variants of the tank have been deployed. It was first used extensively in the 1982 Lebanon War.  The 1982 Lebanon War, dubbed Operation Peace for Galilee by the Israeli government, began on 6 June 1982, when the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) invaded southern Lebanon, after repeated attacks and counter-attacks between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) operating in southern Lebanon and the IDF that had caused civilian casualties on both sides of the border.  If you have any questions or comments, you can email us at twotankersandcat@gmail.com

 

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Russel & Charlie

Welcome to the 38th Episode of The Two Tankers and a Cat Podcast!   The very roots of the Neubaufahrzeug (literally: “New Construction Vehicle”) are connected to the arrival of Hitler as the new head of state, and the desire to have, as quickly as possible, a suitable heavy tank, both for the army needs and for propaganda purposes. It had to be a symbol of the renewal of the German Army and was conceived in quite a hurry.  The Rheinmetall Grosstraktor was the result of this new tank for Germany.  What goes into tankers nicknaming their tanks on the battlefield?  We talk about painting the nicknames of tanks on the barrels, and the process of nicknaming tanks. 

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Russel & Charlie 

Welcome to the 37th Episode of The Two Tankers And a Cat Podcast!  The mittlere Schützenpanzerwagen (Sd Kfz 251/1) was designed to transport Panzer-Grenadiere (armored infantry) into battle alongside tanks. Using a half-tracked vehicle, it was possible to drive in terrain where trucks could not go, while its armor offered some protection against small arms fire and scrapnel.

It was allowed for the mittlere Schützenpanzerwagen to attack with the Panzer-Grenadiere mounted, but did so at great risk. Anti-tank guns, mortars, artillery, hand grenades, fighter-bombers, etc. were all a serious risk for the lightly-armored, open-topped vehicles.  As always you can contact us with your comments or suggestions at twotankersandcat@gmail.com  Check out our website at www.twotankersandcat.com

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Russel & Charlie

Welcome to Episode #36 of The Two Tankers and A Cat Podcast!  Due to its popularity, the Mk.VI was still in operational use at the start of World War II, however, chief tank designer Leslie Little was working on a private project to replace the Mk.VI, which would form the basis for the new Mark. VII Tetrarch. The name ‘Tetrarch’ is the Roman title given to the governor of one of four provinces of territory, or the Greek word for ‘ruler’.  We also talk about Operation Ironclad, where during World War II, the British battle for the island of Madagascar!

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Russel & Charlie

Welcome to the 35th Episode Of The Two Tankers and a Cat Podcast!  In this episode we talk about the Canadian Ram medium tank during World War II.  We cover several of the Ram variants that came about when the Canadians decided to scrap the Ram program.  We also talk about how flamethrowers work, and where you can actually see a flamethrower in action!  Please contact us with your comments or suggestions at twotankersandcat@gmail.com, or message us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/twotankersandcatpodcast/  Happy Tanking and Have A Great Week!

 

Russel & Charlie

Welcome to the 34th Episode of the Two Tankers and a Cat Podcast!  Closely related to the SU-85, the SU-100 Soviet Union Tank Destroyer incorporated much of its design, revolving around the new D10 100 mm (3.94 in) antitank gun.  The SU-100 arrived in operational units in October 1944 and immediately became popular with Russian crews.  During the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba, The USS Houston, an American troop and supply vessel, was damaged by several FAR rockets and Castro himself shooting it from his command vehicle the SU-100, its captain then intentionally beached the ship on the western side of the bay.  You can contact us at twotankersandcat@gmail.com  Thank you for listening and as always Happy Tanking and have a great week!

 

Russel, Charlie & Lightning!

Welcome to the 33rd Episode of The Two Tankers And A Cat Podcast!  In this episode we talk about the American version of the M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System!  The M1128 Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored car of the Stryker armored fighting vehicle family, mounting a 105 mm tank gun, based on the Canadian LAV III light-armored vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems.  We also talk about America's largest tank battle since World War II!  The battle of 73 Easting is considered to be the last great tank battle of the 20th Century.  We always want to hear your comments and suggestions so we can make our podcast better.  You can contact us at twotankersandcat@gmail.com or visit our website at www.twotankersandcat.com Remember to support us through Patreon at www.patreon.com/twotankersandcat  

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Charlie & Russel

Welcome to the 32nd Episode of The Two Tankers And A Cat Podcast!  Even before the Second World War, the famous German tank commander, Heinz Guderian, had predicted the need for highly mobile self-propelled anti-tank vehicles, later known as Panzerjäger or Jagdpanzer.  Joseph R. Byrle is thought to be the only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Red Army in World War II. He took part in Mission Albany, the airborne landings of the 101st Airborne Division on June 5-6, 1944, as a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was captured by the Germans and sent east as a prisoner of war.  After several unsuccessful attempts, Beyrle escaped from the German Stalag III-C in January 1945 and joined a Soviet tank battalion under the command of Aleksandra Samusenko.  As always make sure you send us your comments or suggestions at twotankersandcat@gmail.com  Happy Tanking and Have A Great Week!

Russel & Charlie

 

Welcome to the 31st Episode of The Two Tankers and a Cat Podcast!  In this episode we talk about the Durchbruchswagen 2 and the Krupp family during World War II!  The DW2 tank (Durchbruchswagen 2) was a prototype German battle tank developed by the firm Henschel & Sohn at the request of the Reich government, during the Second World War.  Considered a heavy tank because of its mass, it was designed to fit into the category of breakthrough tanks at a time when Hitler was seeking to equip his troops with a heavy tank weighing between 30 and 35 tons.  Don't forget you can email us with comments or suggestions at:  twotankersandcat@gmail.com  Make sure you visit our Patreon page at:  https://www.patreon.com/twotankersandcat  Happy Tanking and have a great week!

 

Russel and Charlie

Welcome to Episode #30 of The Two Tankers and A Cat Podcast!  In this episode we talk about the Soviet Union KV-2 and how German armor had issues in taking them out in World War II.  The KV-2 was a beast of a tank, that was made from a lot of steel!  Its only drawback was being slow, but we cover its success in World War II.  We also talk about the Battle of Raseiniai where a single KV-2 got behind the German lines and caused some havoc!  Remember you can always contact us with your comments or future show ideas at twotankersandcat@gmail.com or through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/twotankersandcatpodcast/  Until next time, happy tanking and have a great week

Russel & Charley

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