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Armies in Lebanon, 1982-84 (Men at Arms Series, 165) Paperback – July 25, 1985


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Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

About the Author

Samuel Katz was born in 1963, and joined the Israeli Defence Forces in 1981. He volunteered for naval duty, and qualified for service in a combat posting. He served in the HEYL HAYAM during the conflict in Lebanon in 1982. He has written numerous articles for Hebrew publications and has co-authored several books on the IDF and related Middle Eastern topics. His particular interest lies in the development of IDF elite and counter-terrorist units. Sam is recognised worldwide as an expert on this subject. He is married, and lives in New York. Lee E Russell was born in 1947. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968, including a year in Vietnam's Northern and Central provinces, with the 14th Engineer Bn (Combat). He specializes in 20th century uniforms and equipment and is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors. He has written several titles for Osprey over the years, and has also worked as a consultant on military dress for motion pictures, television and the stage. He lives and works in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 165)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 25, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850456029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850456028
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By El Cutachero on January 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
For those with curiosity about all the factions involved this book will be helpful. This book details the complex factional civil war in Lebanon, the Palestinian occupation of the south, the Israeli invasion, and the foreign intervention attempt to make peace. The events covered here follow on from those covered in the two earlier volumes The Israeli Army in the Middle East Wars, 1948-1973, and Arab Armies in the Middle East Wars, 1948-1973.
The rivalry between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations goes back before WW II with the 1917 Balfour Declaration that a homeland for the Jews would be established in Palestine. This was done in the wake of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire without consulting the Arabic peoples of Palestine.
After much unrest in the 1930s matters came to a head in 1948 after the British left and Israel was proclaimed, the surrounding Arabic states invaded Palestine. The resulting war caused many of the Palestinian Arabs to flee the conflict. The resulting de facto partition resulting from the Israeli victory led to four more major ground wars and ongoing border raids and terrorism.
But their return was not to be allowed but even more tragically, they were kept in refugee camps and not allowed to disperse or assimilate in the rest of the Arab world in a manner similar to that done by the displaced persons who fled Eastern Europe in 1945. Now, several generations on, the desires of the Palestinians to return, destroy the state of Israel, and reclaim the land of their origin, have festered for so long that no rational solution seems in sight. At various times the Israeli's neighbors have backed or opposed or expelled the Palestinian forces in response to their own internal political imperatives.
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"Armies in Lebanon, 1982-1984." 48 pages of which 8 pages are color plates. The version I am reviewing is the 1988 print-run. In looking at the cover photo from Amazon, it looks like Osprey updated the cover. However, the illustrations on that cover are also in my 1988 print run.

This is another great Osprey book by Samuel Katz, a historian of the IDF. Katz himself, it should be noted, is a veteran of the IDF. Considering he was limited to roughly 40 pages, he does an excellent job of explaining the intricacies and politics of the Lebanon conflict. In reviewing one of Katz' other Osprey books, I lightly criticized him for being letting his pro-Israel worldview get in the way of the book. None of that is on display here; it is a solid, well researched historical work.

Chronologically, "Armies in Lebanon, 1982-1984" is a 'sequel' to Katz' earlier Osprey book, "Israeli Defense Forces Since 1973." The two volumes complement each other very well.

Unlike many Osprey books, this one actually makes good use of the black and white photographs. I'm sure that modelers and reenactors will want to use a magnifying glass to study the nuances of uniforms and web gear, but casual readers will be able to view the photographs as they read. The photographs and the artwork portray both the Arab forces as well as the Israeli.

"Armies in Lebanon, 1982-1984" is a nice introduction to the conflict in Lebanon, and will fit well on the bookshelves of anyone interested in that campaign.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dilip Susruta Samarasinghe on June 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am somewhat disappointed with this book even though it covers this particular conflict thoroughly. The problem is the pro-Israeli bias which is not even subtle. This is reflected in the text and some of the captions of the otherwise good photographs. Even the plates show drawings of heroic looking Israeli troops and frightened lebanese militiamen and Syrian troops. Authors should seek whenever possible to analyse complex problems such as the Lebanese Civil War in a balanced and scholarly way. My own perception is that this book does not follow these basic principles.
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