Eyewitness Report

An interesting article to read is the excellent eyewitness report found on Pierre Bayle’ s blog about key dates in the modern history of Lebanon. The author’s personal journal covers a period of time between the 14th of September 1982 till the 11th of October of the same year. The journalist exposes the facts which happened those days as well as his personal experience. The text is supported by a very nice number of photos taken within this period. Some of them are the following:

A remnant of the Battle of Beirut, a toyota Land Cruiser BJ43 armed with an SPG-9 belonging to a Lebanese Leftist militia
IDF Magachs in Ain El Maraysseh sector next to the Hotels.
IDF Merkava Is in front of the PLO offices in Beirut.
Another view of the same vehicles
An IDF M579 and Bardehlas in front of Cadmos Hotel, Ain El Maraysseh sector
Another IDF Bardehlas
An IDF Bardehlas next to the Lebanese Ministry of tourism, Hamra sector.
IDF vehicles in Beirut Seaport, note the rarely seen M725 Ambulance. A Pikoud and an M151A2 can be seen on this picture.
An M113 of the Italian Battaglione San Marco of the Multinational Force in Lebanon.
An Italian Bergeleopard 1 of the MNF
French VABs of the UNIFIL/MNF in Beirut.
When an Italian Fiat AR76 Campagnola meets a French Hotchkiss M201 in Beirut.
An US Marines M274 Mule of the MNF
A US Marines LVTP-7A1 of the MNF
A Lebanese ISF Harley Davidson FLH next to French MNF troops.
Lebanese Army M113 next to the old Moscow Narodny Bank building, Hamra sector.
Other views of the same Lebanese Army convoy. Vehicles are M35s, Dodge D600 and M113s
A Lebanese Army M113 of the same convoy
Lebanese Army M113 of a Defense Brigade in the Ring sector.
A Lebanese Army Dodge D600 truck

the URL of Pierre Bayle’s blog is : http://pierrebayle.typepad.com/pensees_sur_la_planete/septembre-82-beyrouth.html

Other pages of his blog covers the Iran-Iraq war in 1980 as well as the First Gulf war in 1991 with magnificent photos as well.

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