Video: IDF forces' activity in the Gaza Strip/IDF Spokesperson's Office
Reserve armored officers strongly criticized the conduct of the army in general and the Technology and Logistics Directorate in particular, with regard to the state of the tanks in preparation for maneuvers in the Gaza Strip. "We were bombed by Order 8, we arrived in the north, then we were transferred to the Gaza Strip for an effort, we received tanks, and every day that passes we are more shocked than the day before by the state of the tanks and the attitude of the senior command. They opened a special war room and it does not provide a response. Just telling stories and making promises," said one officer.
At first, the reserve soldiers in the battalion had to manage with their vehicles for 'administration' activities. According to them, the sergeant major operates in his car without gas coupons, and in the meantime has spent thousands of shekels out of his pocket to transport food and water from place to place while ignoring the brigade's senior command.
Tank in the Gaza Strip/Reuters
The soldiers also claimed, "This is reflected in uniforms that are not in size for combatants. Armor overalls too. They gave us old ones, and they don't replace us with ones that are wear and tear. When we know that there are new American overalls in the warehouses in boxes and no one knows who is keeping them. Anyone who has fought for a week in a row in a tank knows how important overalls are to the comfort of the fighter. Gloves? Don't everyone have sleeping bags? They gave us summer and not winter."
At a certain point, when they realized that the division was serious about implementing its operational plan for entering the Gaza Strip as part of the ground maneuvers, the soldiers began to raise the problems related to gaps in ammunition for each tank.
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Among other things, there were shortages of tools for packaging such as hammers, pins, covers, filters, cone-brushes, cone keys, handle for the basket of cornices, armor for the cannon, and the list goes on. In addition, the reserve officers presented that there are armament malfunctions that are not dealt with in time and in accordance with the schedules set by the brigade.
A senior reserve officer who was exposed to the gaps, who raised donations and delivered military equipment to the field, told Walla!: "We are doing our utmost to help the army. There are quite a few donations because everyone understands the magnitude of the hour. It is very unfortunate that soon 60 days have passed, and the army was not only unprepared, but also did not come to its senses in order to act transparently vis-à-vis the reserve commanders recruited under Order 8. In the end, what will be remembered from the war is mainly the donations, the lack of equipment and the tremendous difficulty in meeting the goals despite the gaps, and that is the saddest thing. There is equipment that cannot be bought on the private market, certainly not equipment for tanks. It's the subject of an in-depth investigation the day after."
It should be noted that the Walla system! Last Thursday, it contacted the IDF Spokesperson's Office, and on Friday it was even made with a detailed list of deficiencies, including the part numbers (catalogue number) and the missing equipment numbers and malfunctions - but no response so far.
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