Tiran in Lebanese Wars

Announced here on the blog since last may, here comes the definitive guide to Tiran MBTs used on Lebanese soil, “Tiran in Lebanese Wars”. The book made by Samer Kassis in collaboration with Mig Jimenez is composed of more than 100 pages with around 300 big sized color pictures and contains 6 color profiles. It offers first hand informations for modelers seeking to build a realistic Tiran in scale as it includes photos giving many examples of weathering effects, like fuel stains, chipping, rust, dust, smoke and more.

Most of the pictures are very rare and unpublished before of the Tiran in combat or under maintenance. A treasure for the Middle East lovers.





More info can be found on AK-Interactive Facebook page

Military Vehicles in Lebanon 1975-1981

The military vehicle historian Samer Kassis is back. After the tremendous book “30 years of military vehicles in Lebanon 1975-2005”, a bible for Middle East military vehicles fans, the author is back with a new concept of reference book series. The first issue of this new detailed series is “Military Vehicles in Lebanon 1975-1981” covering the vehicles used during the first stage of the Lebanese civil war.

The types of vehicles covered in the book varies from light vehicles such as the Hotchkiss M201 to tanks such as the Sherman M50 operated by all the belligerents related to this period of time. The majority of the photos has never been published before.

The book contains 184 photos including 14 in colors disseminated on 88 pages and published by Trevia Publishing.

Here are some photo samples of what can be found in this book:

More on this book can be found on Samer Kassis Facebook page.



One of the latest titles cover of Osprey Publishing features a Lebanese Soldier of the 3rd Intervention Regiment carrying an RPG-7.  The book is written by Gordon L. Rottman and represents a complete study of the rocket propelled grenade. A must have guide on such a weapon widely used in the Middle East.

“A Summer of Fire in Lebanon”

For French language readers here is a recently published book written by General (2s) Alain Pellégrini, Commander of the UNIFIL from 2004 till 2007:

Un été de feu au Liban


Les coulisses d’un conflit annoncé

The book relates on a daily base what happened during the 34 days war in southern Lebanon. The author describes in a clear narrative way the details of the asymmetric war. General Pellégrini, being the first hand witness tells us everything, from how all that actually began with the Hezbollah ambush  and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers till what happened after the crisis, with the introduction of a new order in southern Lebanon. Someone can read in details  the conflict progress from day to day, the unknown actions of the peacekeepers to help south Lebanon people, the hidden strategies of the belligerents, what Israel really wanted, what was actually doing the Hezbollah, new combat tactics and unexpected losses and victories. Some nice testimonies on Lebanese soldiers are available as well. The book reveals also how major countries react to such crisis and how the UN  resisted to the pressure to withdraw UNIFIL.

A must have book written by a French military known to be one of the best connoisseurs of Lebanon A man approached by the Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, as soon as elected, to be one of his advisers after having discreetly advising the Lebanese armyduring the battle of Nar el-Bared in northern Lebanon in spring 2007 .

More details on the book are available in French on the editor’s webpage:


Book Profile: The History of the Lebanese Army

Today marks the 65th anniversary day of the Lebanese Army. What’s better than to talk about the 1rst volume book on the history of the Lebanese Army recently published by the Lebanese army orientation directorate. This volume treats more precisely on the premise of the Lebanese Armed Forces during the French mandate and covers the period between 1920 and 1945. The 362 pages book is composed of five chapters presented as follows:

  • Chapter One depicts the military life in the Lebanese regions under the Ottoman rule.
  • Chapter Two describes the different steps of Lebanese units creation and their developments during the mandate. Separate sections covers respectively the Légion d’Orient, the Syrian Legion, the Auxiliary troops of the Levant, the residual troops of the Levant and finally the Sharpshooters.
  • Chapter Three covers the Lebanese units weapons and armament. Its sections include the Infantry, the Cavalry, the armoured units, the Engineer units, the Artillery and the logistics units.
  • Chapter Four is about the military operations and missions held by the Lebanese units with an interesting section on the role played by these units during World War II.
  • Chapter Five portrays the Barracks, military position and affiliated organization.

The Book is written in Arabic, No information is available if it will be translated in English or French. Several photos can be found in it with a majority related to this period but also with some anachronism on several ones. The photos are interesting but with poor captions and no specific descriptions are given on vehicles or small arms. Many photos of Renault R-35 can be found with one photo illustrating an R-35 armed with a 2pdr gun (conversion made in the fifties, so with no relation with the book period of time). Photos of a Lebanese Army chenillette Renault UE and Otter Mark I armoured cars in 1945 or maybe late forties are also found. Other photos like Staghounds Armoured Cars have nothing to do in that volume and should have been used in the next ones to be published. Interesting photos are the two pages illustrating the insignias of the cavalry and other sharpshooter units.

In conclusion, it’s a nevertheless important set of books to have in a library dedicated to Middle East military. I am definitely waiting for the next volumes to complete this series and maybe discovering new things.

The Book can be found and ordered on the Lebanese Army official website:  http://www.lebarmy.gov.lb/

Military Hardware in Lebanon

Before going any further in subjects related to military vehicles and aircrafts in the Middle East I wanted to take a break in order to present what I believe to be The bible of reference book on military hardware found in Lebanon these last decades.  This book “30 years of military vehicles in Lebanon 1975-2005” by Samer Kassis is meant to meet the demand of all people seeking information on vehicles used in that country during the civil war and beyond.  Its target audience can be modelers interested in that part of the world as well military hardware aficionados.

The book comes as two separate entities the first one being exclusively composed of photos and the second having the captions of the photos written in French and English. The photo book is referenced upon the different actors of the Lebanese civil war. We can found as such of course pictures of the Lebanese Army, the Syrian Army, the Israeli Army and the UNIFIL troops. Along the main Armies we can found most of the armed militias involved in that war, the Multinational Forces and the Arab Deterrent Force.

The book is composed of 680 photos showing all types of vehicles going from the smallest jeep to the biggest tank transporter including of course many types of tanks or technical.

The book represents a very strong reference for anybody interested in getting deeper knowledge about the Middle East military. The Author is to continue soon a series of books revealing even more interesting pictures and revelations. We will keep updating any further publication from Samer Kassis.

Sample Pages:

P.S.: The book can be found in France at Blast Models