This book written by a French officer who served as Chief of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) Liaison Office for one year brings you into the on-going conflict between Lebanon and Israel through an unusual approach. Indeed, its primary focus is to cover the armored vehicles used by the UN troops since 1978 when the UNIFIL was first deployed.
It comes in a soft cover format and is printed on a semi-mat paper which gives a nice look to the pictures. Throughout the 112 pages, no less than 185 color pictures cover the UNIFIL contingents as well as the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli Defense Forces. For the non-French readers, all the text and pictures captions are provided in English.
The book is divided into 4 chapters. Chapter one is a short historical overview of the UNIFIL creation and presence in Southern Lebanon. In this chapter you will become more familiar with this conflict, the UN Security Council resolutions and the tricky situations at some hot spots within the UNIFIL area of operations.
This is were you will find the rare pictures of the vehicles deployed at the early stages of the operation.
Chapter 2 starts with a brief explanation of the summer war of 2006 which led to the change of the UNIFIL into UNIFIL 2 under a new UN resolution. Under this one, some countries like France, Italy and Spain deployed stronger armored vehicles including tanks, IFVs and artillery guns. This chapter is the largest and covers each contingent in the alphabetical order.
Chapter 3 briefly deals with the Lebanese armored vehicles and unfortunately shows few pictures.
Chapter 4 covers a large variety of Israeli vehicles from the Sufa to the latest Merkava 4 and the Namer.
From a modeler’s perspective, this book is really interesting; all the more that many vehicles which are pictured in it are currently available in various scales. It also offers some nice samples of UN white weathering.
Highs: All the contingents are covered; most of the pictures were unseen so far; it is readable by English readers.Lows: Mainly focused on the post 2006 war; it contains too few pictures of the early deployed AFVs which means nearly 30 years of presence omitted.Verdict: For those interested in this conflict or more generally in the UN missions, this book is worth the price. It provides the reader with some really nice ideas of dioramas or weathering effects.
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About Olivier Carneau (bison126) FROM: CORREZE, FRANCE
I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning.
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