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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Stag

Early Civil War Kataeb Militia Staghound Mk.III.

In the early years of the Lebanese Civil War, it was a common to see vehicles continually changing owners. Here is an example of such uses and customs found in the Levant: A Staghound Mk.III which changed owners more than once. Two assumptions can be noted, the vehicle originally belonging to the Lebanese Army, was either captured by Palestinian factions and recaptured and used here on the picture by the Kataeb militia or directly used by the Kataeb  and the crew being ex-Lebanese Army soldiers. The vehicle still bears its previous owners tag on the back, which can be either “Jeish Akka” which can be translated as “Army of Acre”, or “Jeish Akkar” translated as the Army of Akkar, a region in North Lebanon. The debate is still on since the arabic letter R isn’t clearly identifiable. Further photos of this vehicle will be needed to confirm either assumption.  The vehicle was retagged with “Jeish Bayrut” or “Army of Beirut” on the front end by the new owners.

A new assumption that occurred lately, maybe the most accurate and logical one, is the explanation given by César Jachan which can be found in the comments to this article: “It can be also a vehicle owned by “Jaych Barakat”. If you look at the tag, you will note something similar to a “T” at the end, even if the whole spray tag is unclear. In 1976, some christian units of the ex-lebanese army (Barakat Army) were defending the area close to “binayit el béton” in downtown Beirut. You can see the lower part of the building, on the right side of the photo.”

Photo Credits: Vintage Images

French Army Archives

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A USMC MNF M151A2 TOW in Beirut, September 1982.

A Franch MNF AML-90 of the 1rst RHP (Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes), Beirut September 1982.

A French MNF Hotchkiss M201 of the 8th RPIMa (Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine) and a Lebanese Army M113A2 in the background, Tabaris, Beirut September 1982.

A Lebanese Army outpost in Beirut in September 1982, the vehicles are Staghounds with AEC turret.

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