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The Afrika Korps Lives On
The Sherman was not the only WWII era tank to see action some 20-years after the war ended. Syria managed to acquire a number of German built Mark IVs from France and Spain as war surplus material – the Spanish used their tanks for a short time into the late 1940s. Syria positioned them in static firing pits on the Golan Heights overlooking the Israeli settlements at Dikkeh. Their first shots in anger occurred during the 1965 ‘Water War’ where the Israelis and Syrians fought over the headwaters of the Jordan River.
In a repeat of history, their final action was during 1967 Six Day War where the last of the Mark IVs were knocked out by Israeli Sherman Mk.50s.