TEL AVIV (Jun. 18)
Israeli military workshops have inaugurated assembly-line production of super-Sherman army tanks, made of old Sherman tanks purchased from scrap depots, it was announced here today after Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, in his capacity of Defense Minister, visited an ordnance depot somewhere in Israel, where he watched six super-Shermans go down the assembly line.
The renovated super-Shermans, now added to Israel’s armored corps, have greater fire power and higher maneuverability than the old Sherman tanks. They have doublechained chassis, and reinforced turrets.
At the same time, it was announced, Israel’s army workshops are turning out 100-millimeter mortar carriers and half-tracks which enable the firing of heavy mortars from a mobile base, without the need of unlimbering the firing apparatus from the base. Several European armies, it was said, have requested that the Israel Government furnish them with details of the construction of this type of half-track.