record of one combat action in Lebanon, on July 31st, 2006 tells the
story of a joint task force which included elite infantry teams from
the Nahal (900) infantry brigade, Merkava Mk4 tanks from the 401st
Armor Brigade, and combat engineers.
During the activity, a Puma Combat Engineers armored fighting vehicle
carrying Carpet counter-mine systems rolled over and overturned into a
ravine wounding three crewmen. The tanks rushed in to cover the
evacuation and recovery, facing Hezbullah anti-tank fire. The tanks
and infantry returned fire, while calling artillery support to create
a smoke screen while the tanks deployed their own smoke to mask the
forces from enemy missiles. Although damaged, all forces returned
safely. The vehicles and tanks were sent for repairs at the IDF tank
depot, which has already completed the repairs of Merkava tanks
damaged during the first days of the fighting.
For a video record of this incident
click here, as recorded by Israel's Channel 10 news.
Photos: AP & AFR.