1958 Lebanon Crisis: (2) The Lebanese side

January 1958, the unloading of newly delivered M38A1 Jeeps that will used by the Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie. The trucks in the background are Dodge B-Series 1948 model.

January 1958, the unloading of newly delivered M38A1 Jeeps that will used by the Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie. The trucks in the background are Dodge B-Series 1948 model.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie M38A1 during the 1958 Lebanon crisis.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie M38A1 during the 1958 Lebanon crisis.

Lebanese Army M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun, Beirut, Summer 1958.

Lebanese Army M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun, Beirut, Summer 1958.

A Lebanese Army patrol composed of an M38 Jeep and a Land Rover Series I

A Lebanese Army patrol composed of an M38 Jeep and a Land Rover Series I.

A Lebanese Army CJ-3B Jeep of the Military Police next to a USMC LVTP-5, north of Beirut, Antelias area.

A Lebanese Army CJ-3B Jeep of the Military Police next to a USMC LVTP-5, north of Beirut, Antelias area.

A video capture a Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I in Tripoli area.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I in Tripoli area.

A Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I securing the visit of UN representatives.

A Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I securing the visit of UN representatives.

A Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I securing the presidential palace in Kantari, Beirut.

A Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I securing the presidential palace in Kantari, Beirut.

Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I and Staghound w/Lengthened AEC turret vehicles in Beirut.

Lebanese Army Land Rover Series I and Staghound w/Lengthened AEC turret vehicles in Beirut.

A Land Rover Series I used by PSP armed men in the Chouf mountains.

A Land Rover Series I used by PSP armed men in the Chouf mountains.

A Land Rover Series I used by PSP armed men in the Chouf mountains.

A Land Rover Series I used by PSP armed men in the Chouf mountains.

A Lebanese Army M34 cargo truck in downtown Beirut.

A Lebanese Army M34 cargo truck in downtown Beirut.

A Lebanese Army M34 cargo truck, Bliss street, Beirut.

A Lebanese Army M34 cargo truck patrolling next to the American University of Beirut, Bliss street, Beirut.

A Lebanese Army Bedford RL lorry, Minet El Hosn, Beirut.

A Lebanese Army Bedford RL lorry, Minet El Hosn, Beirut.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie International Harvester R150 cargo truck followed by Staghound armored cars.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie International Harvester R150 cargo truck followed by Staghound armored cars.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Chevrolet Viking 1958 model stake truck followed by an International Harvester R150 cargo truck

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Chevrolet Viking 1958 model stake truck followed by an International Harvester R150 cargo truck

A Chevrolet Viking 1958 model stake truck captured by PSP armed men.

A Chevrolet Viking 1958 model stake truck captured by PSP armed men.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun belonging to the Military Police in Beirut streets.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun belonging to the Military Police in Beirut streets.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun supported by an M38A1 Jeep.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun supported by an M38A1 Jeep.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun patrolling.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun patrolling.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun passing next to a Lebanese Army Chevrolet Apache 1956 model cargo truck.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun passing next to a Lebanese Army Chevrolet Apache 1956 model cargo truck.

Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun armored cars passing by an M38A1 Jeep

Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun armored cars passing by an M38A1 Jeep

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun securing the presidential palace in Kantari, Beirut.

A Lebanese Darak/Gendarmerie Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun securing the presidential palace in Kantari, Beirut.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun armored cars and an M3 Scout Car of the Military Police patrolling in Beirut.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/QF 2pdr gun armored cars and an M3 Scout Car of the Military Police patrolling in Beirut.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret next to an M34 cargo truck in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark I w/AEC turret next to an M34 cargo truck in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III  in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III in Tripoli.

A video capture of a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III in Tripoli.

A photo showing a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III armored car, an M38 Jeep and a Land Rover Series I in Beirut.

A photo showing a Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III armored car, an M38 Jeep and a Land Rover Series I in Beirut.

PSP armed  men riding on top of a captured Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III.

PSP armed men riding on top of a captured Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III.

A very rare colored photo of the Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III captured by PSP armed men.

A very rare colored photo of the Lebanese Army Staghound Mark III captured by PSP armed men.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (welded hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (welded hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (welded hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (welded hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (cast hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly (cast hull front) in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Renault R35 rearmed with a  QF 2pdr gun during clashes in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Renault R35 rearmed with a QF 2pdr gun during clashes in Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter carrying a Charioteer tank destroyer heading to Tripoli.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter carrying a Charioteer tank destroyer heading to Tripoli.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks in Aazarieh, Beirut.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks in Aazarieh, Beirut.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 in Beirut.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 in Beirut.

A FWD MUC Garwood Mobile Crane delivered to the Lebanese Army.

A video capture showing an FWD MUC Garwood Mobile Crane delivered to the Lebanese Army.

A FWD MUC Garwood Mobile Crane delivered to the Lebanese Army.

A video capture showing an FWD MUC Garwood Mobile Crane delivered to the Lebanese Army.

 

Sources: Google Life photo archive & Personal Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) Vehicles (1): The LF vehicles.

A set of classical photos of vehicles used during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) by the Lebanese Forces armed militia:

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A Keohwa M-5GA1 w/m40 recoilless rifle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Keohwa M-5GA1 w/m40 recoilless rifle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Keohwa M-5GA1 w/m40 recoilless rifle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M606A2 w/m40 recoilless rifle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Keohwa M-5GA1 w/MILAN ATGM of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Land Rover Series III LWB of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Land Rover Series III LWB of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M151A2 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M151A2 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M325 patrol w/Type 63 MRL of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M325 Patrol w/ZPU-2 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An Unimog 406 w/ZPU-4 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An Unimog 406 w/ZPU-4 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An Unimog 406 w/ZPU-4 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Faun L912/21-MUN trucks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M3 Half-track of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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M5 120mm mortar Half-tracks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M3 90mm DEFA Half-track of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A BTR-152 w/ZU-23-2 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A BTR-152 recovery vehicle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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M113A1 APCs of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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M113A1 APCs of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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M113A1 APCs of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 w/M40 106mm recoilless rifle of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 w/ZU-23-2 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An M113A1 w/MILAN ATGM of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 and an M113 APC of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Sherman M50 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Sherman M50 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A AML-90 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54-3 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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What appears to be a Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Tiran-54 and T-54 tanksof the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A Tiran-54 and a T-54A of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Tiran-54 and T-55 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Tiran-54 and T-55 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Tiran-54 and T-55 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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Tiran-54 and T-55 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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T-54 and T-55 tanks of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-55 tank of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A T-55 tank of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A VT-55A tank of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A 130mm M-46 gun of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A 122mm M-30 howitzer of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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A 155mm Modele 50 howitzer of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

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An APRA-40 MRLS of the Lebanese Forces armed militia.

More photos can be found on this link

Sherman Firefly in Lebanon

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli in June 1958.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli in June 1958.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli in June 1958.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli in June 1958.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly during clashes in Tripoli in June 1958.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly in the late 1950s.

Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tanks during a military parade in the late 1950s. Two types of Sherman Firefly can be noticed: the standard Firefly and the the Sherman Firefly with M4A2 engine deck and cast driver’s hood. the tank transporter is a French made Willème tank transporter.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly in the early 1970s.

Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tanks in Tyre barracks in 1978.

Remnants of Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tanks in Kleyate airfield, 2012. (photo credits H.Moussaoui)

Mleeta Memorial (1): The Remnants

At a distance of 25km from Sidon , South Lebanon, and at 1050 meters above sea level, in a area overlooking most  of the southern region, was created for about now more than a year a memorial of resistance. The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, terrorists for some, heroes for others, decided to build “Resistance Tourist Landmark”.

The site is divided into four main parts: The Abyss, The Path, The Weaponry and The Tower. We will emphasis on the Abyss first then the Weaponry.

The Abyss is a place with a vortex shape where war trophies have been put in an artistic manner to represent victory. The vehicles are remnants of the old South Lebanese Army militia in its biggest part.

Some of these vehicles are shown below:

The remains of a Makmat 160mm

An M50 APC, the Soltam M60 160mm mortar doesn't belong to that Sherman but to the Makmat placed next to it.

Another view of the Makmat 160mm

Other views of the same M50 APC

The remains of a Tiran 55

A very realistic Mock up of a Merkava IV

The remains of a Bardehlas

The remains of a Kasman

The remains of an M151A2 MUTT

The remains of an M3 based Half-track

The remains of an M5/M9 based half-track

The remains of an uparmored M809 series based truck.

The remains of an Obusier de 155mm Modèle 50

Ambulance Tank

An SLA militia GMC CCKW in Southern Lebanon, 1980.

A Sherman Ambutank HVSS of the SLA militia next to the GMC truck, South Lebanon 1980.

Another capture of the same Sherman Ambutank. These vehicles, the GMC CCKW, the Ambutank and the M50 shown next, seem to have been painted with the standard Lebanese Army Pale Stone color of the 1970s

A Pale Stone SLA militia M50 parked next to the Ambutank.

The next M50 is painted in standard SLA Blue color.

 

 

Thanks to Mathieu.