• Short Summary

    The Lebanese army has been demonstrating its new "toys" - modern weapons that it has bought from countries on either side of the Iron Curtain.

  • Description

    The Lebanese army has been demonstrating its new "toys" - modern weapons that it has bought from countries on either side of the Iron Curtain. The army had been quoted in the past as complaining that it's equipment was inferior even to that owned by local bandits, so it was keen to display its new acquisitions. The demonstrations were also seen as a chance to achieve better relations with the Lebanese public who were invited to the display along with members of Parliament, military attaches and journalists.

    The equipment included the American-made M-16 rifle - which is new to Lebanon - and Belgian weapons. Armoured cars and troop carriers have been bought from France, but the star of the show was a 122-millimetre howitzer from the Soviet Union. The fact that it bore French instructions indicated that Moscow had tailored the order for Lebanon where French is the most common language.

    This film carries a commentary by reporter Richard Hunt of the National Broadcasting Company of America. A transcript appears below and an alternative commentary appears overleaf.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6JTRT6LI8MGFHFS7V2F2IB44W
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JTRT6LI8MGFHFS7V2F2IB44W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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