As the Israelis pressed into the Gaza Strip, they captured a small rise to the west of Nirim which tightened the squeeze on Egyptian-held Gaza. The government of Egypt, facing rising unrest at home instigated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist militias, began taking desperate measures. The immediately counterattacked, throwing whatever armor they had available into the battle. Among the armored forces was a company of Locust tanks that had been “neutralized” after WWII and left to rust. These small tanks were in various stages of reconditioning, many without functioning weapons, and malfunctioning drive gear. It was with eerie irony that now the Egyptians would throw their own Locust Swarm on the Jews.
Attacker: Egyptian (Elements of the Egyptian 9th Battalion with armor support)
Defender: Israeli (Elements of the Golani Brigade and reinforcing elements of the 8th Armored Brigade)