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 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.