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Yisrael Tal obituary in the Telegraph


Major-General Yisrael Tal, who died on September 8 aged 86, was an Israeli soldier who designed what many considered to be the world’s finest battle tank; when first introduced in 1979, the Merkava’s unique shape made it one of the safest vehicles on the battlefield, its 105mm gun one of the most lethal. I interviewed Tal for the BBC TV series Israel and the Arabs: The Fifty Years War. The full interview with him is kept at the Liddell Hart Centre, King’s College. Read his obituary in full here: