Disclaimer: This thread is not the place to discuss politics, religion, or anything else. I don't want any insults, flaming, derogatory remarks, or any off-topic comments stating how good or bad the Israeli state may or may not be, this thread is solely for discussing Israeli armor and how it could look/work in WoT.
Now, with that out of the way, I have spent the past several weeks working on this, something that started out of something on For The Record (more on that later). The more I looked into it, the more I realized that an Israeli tech tree is more than viable for the game, and would bring some fairly unique and iconic vehicles into play that players of WoT have been asking to be included for ages now. So without further delay, here's how I think the tech tree could look:
As can be seen, there are plenty of high tiers and all five classes are presented. I will go into more detail about each of these vehicles in upcoming posts, including potential modules, and pictures of the vehicles in question. One more thing, well, two actually. The first is that comment on FTR that I mentioned in the beginning. Here's the post in question, and the relevant section:
- Israeli Merkava Mk.I will most likely not appear in WoT, the problem does not seem to be the gun, but the fact that there’s no tree to put it in
So there's no real barrier to including the Merkava according to Wargaming, as technology and not age is the main deciding factor as to whether or not a vehicle is suitable for inclusion. So please, no comments about it being too new, or too late to be included, especially as the first prototype was completed in 1975, the test beds are from the late '60s and very early '70s, and the newest vehicle in the game currently is the Type 64 from 1975. There isn't really any barrier to entry for the Merkava to be included in WoT.
Second, is a list of sources. I'd like to give a special thanks to a friend of mine who is a former Merkava III commander and fellow armor enthusiast who was kind enough to put up with me pestering him with questions on Israel's armor history. Here's a list of sources so far:
Armour Quarterly Bulletin
First Signs of Armor – Amiad Brezner
Wild Broncos: The Development and the Changes of the IDF Armour - 1949-1956 - Amiad Brezner
Osprey New Vanguard 21: Merkava Main Battle Tank 1977-1996 – Samuel M. Katz, Peter Sarson
Osprey Vanguard 19: Armour of the Middle East Wars 1948-78 – Steven Zaloga
Tankograd: Merkava, A History of Israel's Main Battle Tank – Marsh Gelbart
Tank Battles of the Middle East Wars: The Wars of 1948-1973 – Steven Zaloga
Israeli Tanks and Combat Vehicles – Steven Zaloga
Modern Israeli Tanks and Combat Vehicles – Samuel M. Katz
Warmachines No. 4: Israeli M4 Sherman and Derivatives
Warmachines No. 10: IDF Tiran 4, Tiran 5, Tiran 6 – Michael Mass
Chariots of the Desert: The Story of the Israeli Armoured Corps – David Eshel
Congressional Research Service: U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel – Jeremy M. Sharp
EDIT: Forgot a few sources:
Camouflage & Markings No. 3: The Israeli Air Force, Part One: 1948 to 1967 - Ray Ball
Camouflage & Markings No. 4: The Israeli Air Force, Part Two: 1967 to 2001 - Ray Ball
Israel Defense Forces: A People's Army - Louis Williams
The Tankograd Gazette No. 9
ARMOR magazine May-June 1988
The Ordnance Corps as a force multiplier – the history of the Ordnance Corps in the years 1967-1985
EDIT: Updated the tech tree graphic with one of several possible scenarios.
Edited by Life_In_Black, Mar 14 2016 - 15:08.