“Deuce and a Half”, The M35 family of trucks in Lebanon (1): The M34

The usage of the M35 2½ ton cargo family of trucks in Lebanon begins in the 1950s with the Lebanese Army M34 . Since then and for six decades this family of truck rolls on Lebanese roads and represent alongside the Land Rover family and M113 family the type of military vehicles generations of Lebanese citizens grew up with.

The first part deals with the M34 truck used between the 1950s and the 1970s. The following parts will deal with the M35 cargo truck, the M35 based specialized trucks and the M621 cargo truck.

A Lebanese Army M34 truck next to a Staghound AEC turret (Short) during Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

Lebanese Army soldiers jumping onto an M34 during Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

A Lebanese Army M34 truck towing an M101A1 (on M1A2 carriage) howitzer during Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

A Lebanese Army M34 truck towing an M101A1 (on M1A2 carriage) howitzer during Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

A Lebanese Army M34 patrolling on Bliss street along the American University of Beirut during Lebanon Crisis in 1958. (Life)

A Lebanese Army M34 parked in an unidentified street during Lebanon Crisis in 1958. (Life)

A Lebanese Army M34 in Beirut in 1973. The vehicle in the background in is a Staghound Mk.III. On the foreground an ISF Land Rover Series III SWB

A Lebanese Army M34 in Marjeyoun near the borders in 1978.

An M34 armed with a ZU-23-2 AA gun belonging to the Guardians of the Cedars militia during the early stages of the Lebanese Civil War.

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