While I found one report claiming the Egyptians used BR-471D APCBC ammo on their IS-3Ms during the Six-Day war, to date…I haven’t been able to confirm that claim. In any case, whether they used BR-471B APBC (1944), or BR-471D APCBC (1947) rounds, several sources report that the Israelis lost a number of M48s to the main gun of those IS-3Ms. I also haven’t been able to confirm the number of M48s that were KO’d in that war.
The KO’d Israeli M48s are important here because the M48A2 is included as part of the frequently mentioned “yard stick” (along with the Chieftain and M60), to measure the Cold War effectiveness of the D-25T and D-49 122mm main guns. Interestingly enough, the reported ineffectiveness of those guns against the frontal armor of the M48A2, Chieftain, and M60 (at least as far as I could determine), relates only to the use of BR-471B ammunition, not the more capable BR-471D.
I'm thinking the large painting of Egyptian President Nasser confirms this to be a pic from the Six-Day War...also reported by Magnum Photos.
And I'd have to ask, where? Nasser was a popular leader until his death from a heart attack. I think it much more likely that this picture was taken somewhere along the Bar Lev line during the period in October '73 when Egypt was still heady with the success of victoriously breaching the Suez Canal and the IDF front line.
If not there, then where and when in 1967 did the Egyptians experience enough success to honor Nasser while they were being chased out of Gaza and the Sinai?
Edited by DKTanker, 17 April 2018 - 2315 PM.