Egyptian buggy 1973 war query.

Started by Sunray, 19 August 2020, 11:11:59 PM

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Sunray

After the "Great Crossing" of the Suez Canal,  Egyptian combat teams ignored the Bar Lev line and fanned out into Sinai.  Their task was to establish firing points for Sagger teams and RPG 7 rockets.

The combat reports from the IDF side says they were transported on buggies.   I am trying to identify the make and model of the buggy.

At some point the Egyptian Army acquired over 1,000 M274 Mules.  This would fit the tactical description, but were they on the inventory in 1973?
Between 1966 and 73 the Soviets supplied almost all Egyptian kit, so was the M274s acquired via a third party?
Or was it a Warsaw Pack Airborne  similar type of buggy - or even a commercial dune buggy adapted by the Egyptians?   

Scorpio_Rocks

20 August 2020, 06:08:37 AM #1 Last Edit: 20 August 2020, 06:10:45 AM by Scorpio_Rocks
Did they mean the small Gaz-69 "jeep"?

I have never heard of Egyptians using the M274 in 1973 - I would love to know now too!
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Sunray

Quote from: Scorpio_Rocks on 20 August 2020, 06:08:37 AM
Did they mean the small Gaz-69 "jeep"?

I have never heard of Egyptians using the M274 in 1973 - I would love to know now too!

It was a throwaway line in an Israeli  journal article.  The Egyptians are coy about details around Operation Badr, and until now I accepted the orthodox view that they used 2,200 four wheel wooden carts to transport ALL the kit into the desert . Citation: Gemal Hammad, Military battles on the Egyptian front (Dar al Dhuraq, 2002), p.75.

But when you think about it, that would mean Egyptian regular infantry hand pushing 330 tons of ordinance in wooden carts some 10k across Sinai at night.
These men would also be burdened with special combat vests tooled up with small arms ammo,  2 L of water and 24 hour rats.

This presents a task that would daunt the best of special forces.  Oh and did I mention that on digging in to fire positions they would be tasked with repelling tanks and destroying over 200 of them?

Keep digging.


Sunray

There could be another explanation.  Could the Israeli observer have been talking about the 2,000 odd
small four wheel wooden carts and describe them as "buggies" ? 

Logistically it is possible that 2,200 such carts will carry 330 tons ? Well, yes,  that's 336 pounds per cart.  About the dead weight of two well built men.

The Egyptians are a plebeian army. A physical task like this would not be beyond a squad.

I am still searching for an image of the carts/buggies from Operation Badr, but as the deployment was a one off  covert op, they might simply not exist.

sultanbev

Not heard of any country outside the US using M274, certainly not Egypt.
As far as I know the carts where the handrawn ones, capable of carrying 8x Sagger reloads.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Army#/media/File:Egyptian_soldiers_with_carts.jpg

Sunray

Quote from: sultanbev on 20 August 2020, 03:44:38 PM
Not heard of any country outside the US using M274, certainly not Egypt.
As far as I know the carts where the handrawn ones, capable of carrying 8x Sagger reloads.
Wiki is your friend!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Army#/media/File:Egyptian_soldiers_with_carts.jpg

First, many thanks for the image.  Yes,  that sorts the cart/buggy.  Fragile little thing in 1/150.  The firing points were in place as the action turned hot, so would gamers want them ??

And good ol Wikipedia is indeed friendly "Equipment of the Egyptian Army" lists 1,500 M274s in their current inventory. Après Bright Star the Egyptian Army went for all things Uncle Sam.  :)

Sunray

Quote from: Sunray on 20 August 2020, 05:13:10 PM
First, many thanks for the image.  Yes,  that sorts the cart/buggy.  Fragile little thing in 1/150.  The firing points were in place as the action turned hot, so would gamers want them ??

And good ol Wikipedia is indeed friendly "Equipment of the Egyptian Army" lists 1,500 M274s in their current inventory. Après Bright Star the Egyptian Army went for all things Uncle Sam.  :)

This thread has been recycled due the the image of an Egyptian shopping trolley. 

Would Yom Kippur gamers want them?

Lord Kermit of Birkenhead

Doubt they would use shopping trollies, they are bad enough in the local ASDA let alone on a sandy desert.
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Sunray

They chucked them in the canal when they finished with them.  :) 

Sunray

Quote from: sultanbev on 20 August 2020, 03:44:38 PM
Not heard of any country outside the US using M274, certainly not Egypt.
As far as I know the carts where the handrawn ones, capable of carrying 8x Sagger reloads.
Wiki is your friend!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Army#/media/File:Egyptian_soldiers_with_carts.jpg

For the attention of Techno 11

sultanbev

Just to let you know Red3 have now released a 10mm Egyptian supply cart and dingies for the 1973 war.

Jemima Fawr

Re the original question, the Egyptians had various light ATGM carriers:

The most numerous was the 2P26 - a GAZ-69 jeep with four AT-1 'Snapper' on a rearward-firing mount.  The Egyptians had these in service before the Six-Day War and that seems the most likely vehicle fitting the description (albeit with 'Snapper', not 'Sagger').

Then there was the 2P27 - an opened-topped BRDM-1 armoured car mounting three AT-1 'Snapper'.  Then came the 2P32, which was essentially the same vehicle, but with four AT-2 'Swatter' and then came the 9P110, which again was the same vehicle, but mounting six AT-3 'Sagger', this time with an armoured roof over the top.

The Egyptians also acquired the 9P122, which was a BRDM-2 carrying six AT-3 'Sagger', but I'm not sure if they had those in time for the Yom Kippur War.