Twilight of the Gods

A photo collection of the final resting place for Lebanese Armed Forces vehicles.
A photo report made by Mathieu Morant and Chadi Rachid.

45 more photos can be found on our Flickr page:

 

With a special thanks to both Samer Kassis and a very special friend without which nothing would have been possible.

Lebanon’s Past Equipment

Lebanese Army Renault R35 tanks during a military parade in the late 1940s.

Lebanese Army Renault R35 tanks during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Hotchkiss H35 followed by Renault R35 tanks during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Hotchkiss H35 followed by Renault R35 tanks during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Renault R35 tank rearmed with a 2 pdr gun in the 1950s.

A Lebanese Army Renault R35 tank rearmed with a 2 pdr gun in the 1950s.

A Lebanese Army Renault UE Chenillette during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Renault UE Chenillette during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Ford T-16 Universal Carrier.

A Lebanese Army Ford T-16 Universal Carrier.

A Lebanese Army Ford T-16 Universal Carrier.

A Lebanese Army Ford T-16 Universal Carrier.

A Lebanese Army Ford Lorraine 37L Chenillette SPG armed with a 75 mm Gun M1916.

A Lebanese Army Lorraine 37L Chenillette SPG armed with a 75 mm Gun M1916.

Lebanese Army Otter Light Reconnaissance Cars during a military parade in the late 1940s.

Lebanese Army Otter Light Reconnaissance Cars during a military parade in the late 1940s.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Armored Car with a Lengthened AEC turret.

A Lebanese Army Staghound Armored Car with a Lengthened AEC turret.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mk.III Armoured Cars during a military parade.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mk.III Armoured Cars during a military parade.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mk.III Armoured Cars with AEC turret during a military parade.

Lebanese Army Staghound Mk.III Armoured Cars with AEC turret during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tank.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tank.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tank.

A Lebanese Army Sherman Firefly tank.

Lebanese Army Willème tank transporters carrying Sherman Firefly tanks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army Willème tank transporters carrying Sherman Firefly tanks during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter.

A Lebanese Army Willème tank transporter.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/75 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/105 light tank.

A Lebanese Army AMX-13/105 light tank.

A Lebanese Army FV4101 Charioteer tank destroyer.

A Lebanese Army FV4101 Charioteer tank destroyer.

A Lebanese Army FV4101 Charioteer tank destroyer.

Lebanese Army FV4101 Charioteer tank destroyers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army FV4101 Charioteer tank destroyers during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tank.

A Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tank.

A Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tank.

A Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tank.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army M42 Duster.

A Lebanese Army M42 Duster.

A Lebanese Army M42 Duster.

A Lebanese Army M42 Duster.

Lebanese Army AML 90 armoured cars during a military parade.

Lebanese Army AML 90 armoured cars during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army AML 90 armoured car.

A Lebanese Army AML 90 armoured car.

Lebanese Army M59 APCs during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M59 APCs during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army M38 Jeep equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army M38 Jeep equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army M38A1 followed by M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun.

A Lebanese Army M38A1 followed by M38 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun.

Lebanese Army M151A1 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M151A1 Jeeps equipped with M40 recoilless gun during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M715 Kaiser Jeeps during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M715 Kaiser Jeeps during a military parade.

Lebanese Army GMC pickup trucks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army GMC pickup trucks during a military parade.

Lebanese Army ACMAT TPK 4.20-NA12 vehicles armed with SS.11 anti-tank missiles during a military parade.

Lebanese Army ACMAT TPK 4.20-NA12 vehicles armed with SS.11 anti-tank missiles during a military parade.

A Lebanese Army International Harvester R190 dump truck.

A Lebanese Army International Harvester R190 dump truck.

A Lebanese Army International Harvester R190 dump truck.

A Lebanese Army International Harvester R190 dump truck.

A Lebanese Army GMC 7500 truck.

A Lebanese Army GMC 7500 truck.

Lebanese Army Bedford RL trucks towing Bofors 40 mm guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army Bedford RL trucks towing Bofors 40 mm guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M34 trucks towing HSS-661 30mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M34 trucks towing HSS-661 30mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M34 trucks towing HSS-661 30mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M34 trucks towing HSS-661 30mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M715 Kaiser Jeeps towing HO-665 triple 20mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M715 Kaiser Jeeps towing HO-665 triple 20mm anti-aircraft guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M35 trucks towing 25 pdr guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M35 trucks towing 25 pdr guns during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M35 trucks towing M101A1 105mm howitzers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army M35 trucks towing M101A1 105mm howitzers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army MA5A1 High-Speed Tractors towing HSS-661 30mm Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 howitzers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army MA5A1 High-Speed Tractors towing 155 mm Modèle 50 howitzers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army MA5A1 High-Speed Tractors towing HSS-661 30mm Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 howitzers during a military parade.

Lebanese Army MA5A1 High-Speed Tractors towing 155 mm Modèle 50 howitzers during a military parade.

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

“Path of Dignity”

“Path of Dignity” or “Darb Al-Karama” is the name of one of the latest Lebanese Army combat exercise conducted in Oyoun Al-Siman by the Air Assault Regiment with the participation of the Lebanese Air Force, the 1st Anti-tank Regiment and the 1st Armored Regiment. The exercise simulated the interception of a hostile armored unit which attempted to penetrate friendly lines by laying an ambush and destroying it.

Of course Elite Group Lebanon was on the spot as usual and delivers us some nice photo shots:

A Lebanese Air Force UH-1H Huey hovering over an AMX-13/90 target tank.

A Lebanese Air Force UH-1H next to a Lebanese Army M48A5 of the 1st Armored Regiment.

A Lebanese Air Force UH-1H hovering over a Lebanese Army M48A5 of the 1st Armored Regiment. The target tank here is an AMX-13 VCI.

A Lebanese Army M48A5 and an M60A3 tanks of the 1st Armored Regiment surrounding the AMX-13 VCI target tank.

Photo Credits: Elite Group Lebanon/Samer Kassis

Cyprus National Day Military Parade

October 1rst marks the National Day for the Republic of Cyprus, a European state within the Middle East. The annual military parade held today by the Cypriot National Guard was covered by the military photographer Samer Kassis. Here are some of his work:

A Cypriot Air Force Mil Mi-35PN Hind-F

A Cypriot National Guard Mercedes Wolf.

A Cypriot National Guard T-80U.

Another view of the same Cypriot National Guard T-80U

A Cypriot National Guard Wolf with MILAN anti-tank guided missile.

A Cypriot National Guard VAB VCAC 6×6 UTM800.

Another view of the same Cypriot National Guard VAB VCAC 6×6 UTM800.

A close up on the Cypriot National Guard T-80U.

A Cypriot National Guard AMX-30B2.

More Cypriot National Guard AMX-30B2.

A Cypriot National Guard BMP-3.

A close up on the Cypriot National Guard BMP-3 crew.

A Cypriot National Guard Leonidas-2

A Cypriot National Guard VAB VTT.

A Cypriot National Guard Tatrapan ARSYS artillery fire-control vehicle.

A Cypriot National Guard AMX-VCA Artillery Support Vehicle.

A Cypriot National Guard Mk F3 155mm SPG.

A Cypriot National Guard M2000G Zuzana 155mm SPG.

Another view of the same Cypriot National Guard M2000G Zuzana 155mm SPG.

A Cypriot National Guard 9S737M Ranzhir-M Battery Command Post.

A Cypriot National Guard 9K331M TOR-M1 Missile System.

A Cypriot National Guard 9T244 TOR-M1 missile transport truck.

Cypriot National Guard Pinzgauer 712Ms tracking triple M55A4B1 20mm AA guns.

A Cypriot National Guard AW139.

1968 Parade

IDF M48A2 during the military parade, 20th Yom Ha’atzmaut, Jerusalem, May 1968

IDF AML 90 during may 1968 parade

IDF AMX-13 during May 1968 parade

IDF Centurion MK.5 w/L7 105mm gun during May 1968 parade

IDF Centurion ARV Mk 2 during May 1968 parade