Hobby Master HG5504 Israeli M48A2 Patton Medium Tank - 7th Armored Brigade, Sinai, 1967 (1:72 Scale)
"We left many of our dead soldiers in Rafah, and many burnt-out tanks."
- Colonel Shmuel Gonen, Head of the Israeli 7th Armored Brigade, discussing the aftermath of the Battle of Rafah
When the Korean War began, the US military had no medium tanks in production. The M47 appeared as an interim measure but work immediately began on the M48. The first 'Pattons' were completed in July 1952. Unfortunately, the speed of development resulted in numerous teething troubles for the early Pattons, including poor reliability and a short operating range. The A3 was a highly modified version designed to rectify these failings, and the M48 has been used as the basis for flame-thrower tanks, recovery vehicles, and an AVLB. The A5 was an upgraded version produced in the mid-1970s, which extended the M48's shelf life considerably.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Israeli M48A2 Patton Medium Tank that was attached to the 7th Armored Brigade, then deployed to the Sinai during 1967. Now in stock!
Length: 2-3/4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: June 2014
Historical Account: "Battle of Abu-Ageila" - The 1967 Battle of Abu-Ageila was a military confrontation between the Israeli and Egyptian military that was part of the Six-Day War of June 1967. The Egyptian defeat here was an important factor in the loss of the entire Sinai Peninsula to Israeli forces in the following days of the Six-Day War.
The Israeli attack at Abu-Ageila was part of the Israeli offensive into the Sinai Desert. This attack was led by the Southern Command, consisting of three divisions under major generals Israel Tal, Avraham Yoffe, and Ariel Sharon. As part of the Israeli plan of Southern Command, Sharon was ordered to capture the road junction at Abu-Ageila in order to gain access to the central route into the Sinai Desert. The Egyptians had taken considerable preparations to prevent a breach there. Egyptian defences had focused on the Um-Katef (or Umm-Qatef) plateau to the east of Abu-Ageila, roughly 25 kilometers from the Israeli border. The defences were an important part of the overall defence plan, called Qahir, in the preparations for the expected war, later known as the Six-Day War.