Part1 by Samer Kassis
ref: ISBN 9953-0-0705-5
This book is in reality a 2-in1, the first being dedicated to the pictures and the second being a booklet with the captions (in French and in English) which doesn't help the reading.
The book comprises nearly 200 pages and shows 687 photos with a majority in colors. After a short introduction, it is divided in 8 chapters, each presenting one party to the bloody conflicts in Lebanon from 1975 to 2005.
Chapter 1 is dedicated to the Lebanese Army and comprises 20 pages;
Chapter 2 is dedicated to Christian militias (Guardians of the Cedar, NLP, Al Marada, Al Kataeb and the Lebanese Forces) and comprises 32 pages;
Chapter 3 is dedicated to Druze and Muslim militias ( the Socialist progressist party, the Amal movement , Al Morabitoun, the Socialist Arab Union) and comprises 11 pages;
Chapter 4 is dedicated to the Palestinians (PLO and various militias) and comprises 5 pages;
Chapter 5 is dedicated to the Hezbollah and comprises 2 pages;
Chapter 6 is dedicated to the South Lebanese Army comprises 34 pages;
Chapter 7 is dedicated to the occupation armies (Israeli and Syrian armies) and comprises 59 pages;
Chapter 8 is dedicated to the Peace Forces (the Arab deterring force, the multinational forces and the UNIFIL) and comprises 23 pages.
Each chapter presents a varying number of black and white and color pictures. The largest majority display vehicles in situation. The main vehicles depicted are the BTR-152 and 60, the BMP-1, the AMX 13 VCI, the VAB, the M113, the Halftrack, the Nagmashon and the Nakpadon for the infantry vehicles, the T-34, the T-54 and 55, the M48 and 60, the Centurion, the Merkava for the tanks. Of course, numerous light WD vehicles are shown with or without armament as well as various trucks. The field artillery and air defense guns are not forgotten either towed or self-propelled.
The numerous photos will help any modeler seeking original camouflage to find his grail. The fans of dioramas will be able to find their inspiration in particular concerning the various wreckages.
As a conclusion, this book is indispensable to those being interested in the conflicts on the Lebanese soil all the more than the model kits linked to them are not scarce. The only little regret concerns the author's choice to put the captions in a separate booklet.
A part 2 should follow.