There's nothing like a pretty girl to take a soldier's mind away from military duties, especially in war-torn Beirut.
1. GV Marines seated in huge tent, applauding. 0.04
2. GV Girl dance group performing to music. 1.01
3. SV/GV Reporters and troops watching. (2 SHOTS) 1.11
4. SV Girl's legs as she dances on stage. 1.15
5. SV Troops watching. 1.20
6. SV Girls dancing, and finishing their routine as Marines applaud. (2 SHOTS) 1.47
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
There's nothing like a pretty girl to take a soldier's mind away from military duties, especially in war-torn Beirut. With around 4,000 troops from the United States, Italy and France carrying out a peace-keeping role in Lebanon, their senor officers decided to send for reinforcements from the entertainment world. Much to the delight of the U.S. Marine contingent and their Italian counterparts, a bevy-of-beauties flew in from California to show their style as cheerleaders with the Los Angeles Rams American-football team. Television crews who have covered the months of fighting, found this assignment more pleasant and far less dangerous. There was never any doubt the show would be a sell out, in fact the venue -- the Italian base, was packed to capacity. For the girls from the Los Angeles Ram's cheer squad, this was a captive audience and the ideal opportunity to recruit more supporters to their football club.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED AWWAD