"The Iraqi commanders to ensure the withdrawal of the main forces organized their own separate samples out for their own line of defense in order to counter and combat snare advanced units of MHC. Since February 25th is one of the infantry battalions of the 12th Panzer Division, Iraq, filled with tanks "Type 59" (Chinese equivalent of our T-55), entered the military contact with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who had armed with M1A1 tanks and in force at the forefront of 7 AK United States. Despite the almost complete destruction of the Iraqis, though, were able to win time for removal of the main forces of division. "
And you turn the attention that when Iraqi tanks lined demonstrated that they have always been mangled beyond recognition. But where there are remains of running virtually always shown running from the T-55, and more precisely from the Chinese "Type 59". In fact, they have threshed and Americans. But when they had to really deal with the T-72, it was not quite so sure:
More noticeable was the clashes between the M1A1 and the Iraqi T-72 in the Iraqi air force base Saman, which is 300 kilometers east of Baghdad. According to the Russian military attache in Iraq Colonel V. Potsalyuka in that battle the Americans lost 68 tanks, most of it was his own, "Abrams". As evidence of this in Moscow "classified" were sent photos of destroyed M1.
And here's another:
Total for all time operations in Kuwait and Iraq, South American tank units irrevocably lost a little more than 50 tanks "Abrams". Notwithstanding the significant an advantage over the enemy, who at the theater were in the main outdated standards, such as the T-54/55/62, a number of lost vehicles can be considered huge. Especially since the last time environmentalists they say that in the Arabian desert, the site of the fighting, scattered about 20,000 uranium cores from tank guns, threatening environment environmental disaster. Mathematics can be a straightforward method to calculate how many munitions had on any of the 500 wrecked T-72, T-55 hardly used so expensive shells. "Abrams" did not meet the assigned him the title of "the most impenetrable and secure the tank", the initial approval of the Western press about what was lost none tank, later they were the same and refuted.
You bet they did not deny, with so many photographs with broken "Abrams".