The GCNG had an armoured branch on the island but these were T-34/85 tanks brought from the Soviet Union and shipped via Egypt in 1964. They were a mash up of models and parts, but had been fitted with US made M2 .50 calibre heavy machine guns. Old when they were delivered, after a decade of use they were utterly worn out.
With a secure beachhead the Turkish forces were comfortable with a ceasefire, to see if a diplomatic solution could be found. Meanwhile both forces prepared for another clash. The Turks brought in more forces, while the GCNG dug in.
While the diplomats talked, there were still several clashes and outbreaks of fighting. The most important to our story is the Battle of Kornos Hill (Hill 1024), located near to Mount Pentadaktylos. In the morning of the 2nd of August the hill was attacked by a Turkish force. The defenders threw the attack back. In the afternoon a much larger force was brought up and smashed the defenders aside. The Turkish armour pushed on. Leading the column was a pair of M47 tanks, followed closely by two M113's.
At the depot the M47 was found to have a broken hydraulic turret traverse, in fact all the Turkish M47's had had that system disabled. The GCNG soon had the tank fully operational. In a stroke of luck the M47 was not repainted.
The Turks launched a new phase of offensives on August the 14th. Although they had lost some tanks, the Turkish armour managed to drive 80 km's in the first day, smashing aside the defenders.
North West of Nicosia lies the village of Skylloura. The Turks attacked on the 15th with about 30 tanks reinforced with two battalions of paratroopers. The defenders consisted of five companies of infantry, and one tank, the previously captured and now fully operational M47.
With total and utter surprise the M47 was able to attack the Turkish tanks. For two hours she roamed amongst the confusion of the battle using her superior gun traverse to out manoeuvre the Turkish tanks. Often disappearing then reappearing, the Turks didn't know if it was a friendly tank or not.
After two hours the Greek M47 escaped from the battle back to friendly lines. Behind her seven Turkish tanks lay destroyed and burning.