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http://home.att.net/~SSPzHJ/Photos.htmlThe Division's Aufklärungsabteilung, under the command of SS-Sturmbannführer and Ritterkreuzträger Gerd Bremer, were among the first Divisional elements to reach the front on 7. June. Upon arrival they traveled through 8 miles of no mans land to the Division's far left flank and there established a security line. The Abteilung repulsed numerous heavy attacks from 7-11. June, during which Bremer's command vehicle was knocked out and then the next day he was wounded by shrapnel. Twice wounded he nevertheless remained with his Abteilung until the situation was secure. The Allies penultimate attack came on 11. June, when the English 50th Infantry Division attacked the Abteilung sector in the strength of one Infantry battalion and 84 tanks. The attack was violently repulsed and the positions were held, 7 tanks were knocked out and the English suffered over 250 casualties. The above photo was taken between 12-15. June at the Abteilung command post in Cristot, where one of the 7 knocked out Shermans was salvaged by Hstuf. von Reitzenstein (Chef 5./A.A. 12) and Ustuf. Wieneke and placed over the command post bunker as protection against shrapnel. Here Bremer sits with his adjutant, SS-Obersturmführer Kurt Buchheim. Among other actions, but primarily for this four day defensive struggle, Bremer was decorated with the German Cross in Gold on 30. August. Photo courtsey Roger Bender - Blood and Honor.
from wikipedia they where supplied by the french and spain not russiaTJK06 wrote:Related to this topic, I am aware of WWII German tanks used as strong points in Syrian bunkers on the Golan Heights captured by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. When I saw them, I knew they weren't Russian or American, so I thought they were maybe French. A few years later, I saw a picture in a book and recognized that they were German. It is my understanding that they were captured by Russia and given to Syria in the 50's or 60's. I don't know it they are still there. If anyone is interested, I can locate and post the photo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_IVIn the 1960s Syria received a number of Panzer IVs from the French, replacing the turret's machine gun with a Soviet-made 12.7-millimetre (0.50 in) machine gun. These were used to shell Israeli settlements below the Golan Heights, and were fired upon during the 1965 "Water War" by Israeli Centurion tanks. Syria received 17 more Panzer IVs from Spain, which saw combat during the Six-Day War in 1967.