Yad LaShiryon (The Armoured Corps Memorial Site and Museum) for the Commemoration of the Heritage of Valour and Friendship at Latrun The Yad LaShiryon site is located on the grounds of the historic mandatorial Latrun police station, at the heart of the Ayalon Valley, and treasures a heroic heritage in the history of our people, with Joshua Ben Nun’s call: "Sun, stand thou still on Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ayalon" (Joshua 10:11-14), after which he defeated the five Amorite kings. Judas Maccabeus defeated the army of Gorgias in the battle at nearby Emmaus. During the War of Independence the area saw bloody battles in an attempt to break through to besieged Jerusalem. These led to the creation of the Burma Road, and at the Six Day War the area was conquered by our forces. In 1979 the Sherman tank was raised to the top of the tower next to the police station and a fact was made – the memorial and commemoration site for the armored forces would be built here! In 1982 the cornerstone was brought from Sinai, and the drive began to build the Yad LaShirion site. The Soviet heavy IS-3 tank delivered to Egypt and captured by Israel during the 6-day war. Israeli armored museum Yad le-Sherion
Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.