WEAPONRY: The Desert as a Proving Ground

Like Spain more than three decades ago, the Middle East has become a proving ground for some of the newest weaponry and tactics of the major powers. In fact, two weeks of warfare between the Israeli and Arab armies has already taught military planners in both the Kremlin and the Pentagon that a classic offensive weapon developed by the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War—the tank onslaught with close aerial support—may be somewhat outmoded. That combination, used brilliantly by the Israelis in 1967 to win the Six-Day War, has proved to...

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