Monday, May 23, 2016

Syrian Army Armor in Deir Ezzor.

It is unknown how many armored vehicles the Syrian army now has in Deir Ezzor. The following is a compilation of photos collected over the past year. It gives some idea of the amount of armored vehicles they have in the besieged city.

The presence of T-72 TURMS-Ts, T-55MVs, and T-72AVs suggests they are better equipped than most analysts realize. The Syrian army/Republican guard has lost many armored vehicles. During the most recent ISIS offensive, 3 BMP-1s were lost, along with one T-55A and T-72M1 TURMS-T hit by ATGMs. The T-55A that was hit by an ATGM did not cook off, and may therefore be repairable. The aftermath of the hit T-72 was not shown.

June 2015: T-55MV fighting in Al-Sina'a district.

T-55 with spaced armor made of shell casings:

July 2015: T-72M1 TURMS-T, the most modern T-72 variant the SAA/Republican Guard has:

August 2015: T-72 Ural

October 2015: T-72AV

Mid/late 2015: Gvozdika

January 2016: T-72M1


ZSU-23-4 Shilka:

February 2016: T-55


Gvozdika self-propelled gun:

March 2016: ZSU-23-4 Shilka

T-72 Ural:


T-72 with crew:

April 2016: T-72 TURMS-T



May 2016: T-72 TURMS-T



Finally, a Syrian soldier in Deir Ezzor with a PPSh-41. The Soviet WW2 submachine gun back at home in "Stalingrad."

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