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#141 bojan

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 1830 PM

Not really. Those would require yearly reports of active unit inventories + number of tanks available, and considering how much units were disbanded and reformed during just the major reorganizations (major reorganizations were 1954, 1958, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1988 and 1991) that would epic task, even if all documentation survived - and it did not. Some archives were lost in the breakup of Yugoslavia, particularly in Bosnia, some in 1999. bombing of the Army HQ building.


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#142 Ken Estes

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 0330 AM

What a ghastly situation for a historical assessment. Well done, sir.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 0552 AM

Ghastly is a great description, with documentation being either misfiled, lost of still not declassified.

Related to M47/48, timeline of T300/M431 HEAT ammo acquisition in Yugoslavia:

- 1956, ~3200 T300 delivered by plane from the US (that's 10 rounds per tank...)

- 1964. ~6000 purchased from the unknown country in Europe (I suspect Germany)

- 1969. ~6000 or 8000 acquired from "Africa"* - in fact 99% chance of it being Israel

- 1971. - ~8000 from "Europe"* (again, possibly Germany)

- 1977. - ~6000 from "Asia"* - Vietnam most probably

 

Total 3200 T300 + ~34000 M431 acquired.

 

*Thing is, even in the official acquisition form, if a country of origin/destination was considered "sensitive" only continent was given (and "Africa" was used for deals with Israel, since it went via Ethiopia).


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