Category: Lebanon War

What I call the “Lebanon War” covers the various conflicts in Lebanon 1975-2001. I’m primarily interested in Operation Peace for Galilee (1982-84) but I’ll be collecting notes on the entire Lebanese Civil War (1975-90) and Israeli occupation (1982-2001). This period is interesting to me because after many years of warfare depending almost exclusively on armour the Israelis and their foes reverted to more infantry focused tactics – partially because the infantry anti-tank weapons had become quite effective and partly because of the nature of the terrain being fought over (urban and mountains).


General Tactical Observations from the 1982 Lebanon War

Ideas mostly taken from the MOUT page for Operation Peace for Galilee

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Timeline of the Lebanon War

The War in Lebanon can be divided into these periods (Hiro, 1993):

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Warring Factions of the War in Lebanon

This is just a cursory look at the armed groups in the period of the Lebanese Civil War (1975+) through the 1982 Lebanon War and who was fighting who.

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Wargaming Scenarios for the War in Lebanon

Some thoughts for scenarios in the Lebanon War.

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Arab Order of Battle in the War in Lebanon

A place holder for the order of battle used by the Arab forces – whether Christian, Muslim, Shia, Sunni, Druze, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian – during the 1982 Lebanon War. I don’t have a lot here at the moment. I understand the Lebanese Militias operated in fairly ad hoc formations.

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Israeli Order of Battle in the 1982 Lebanon War

Some rough notes on the Israeli Order of Battle for the Lebanon War.

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Sources for the Arab-Israeli Wars

An annotated bibliography for the Arab-Israel Wars.

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Painting Guide for the Arab-Israeli Wars

Very, very draft painting guide for the Arab-Israel Wars.

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Flags of the Protagonists in the Arab-Israeli Wars

I wanted to make some Arab-Israeli objective makers for Crossfire and thought flags would be a simple answer. It turns out the Arab states were in a period of transition so the flags are many and varied.

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Israeli Ranks

I needed a table so I could understand the Israeli system of ranks.

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Weapons and Vehicles of the Arab-Israeli Wars

Here’s a brief description of the various weapons/vehicles used in the Arab-Israel Wars.

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Israeli / Hebrew Terms for Military Formations

The IDF uses platoons, companies, battalion, etc just like the rest of the world. But I thought it would be handy to have a table of showing the Hebrew and English equivalents.

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Infiltration, Insurgency and Counter Measures in the Arab-Israeli Wars

Infiltration of national borders has been a component of the Arab-Israeli conflict, for example, during 1949-53 the Arabs organised over 3,000 infiltrations and in 1949-56 over two hundred Israelis were killed by mistanenim. The general name for this conflict is the Terrorist War, however, the War of Attrition (1968-70) also saw many infiltrations. I have grouped them together as the military operations were very similar.

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Datasheets for Arab-Israeli Crossfire

Data sheets for my Arab-Israeli Crossfire.

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Crossfire House Rules for the Arab-Israeli Wars

I’ve started compiling some Crossfire amendments for refighting the Arab-Israeli conflicts. I’ve also started putting together scenarios – particularly for 1948-49.

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