Sorry to disappoint you again but the identification number on the mudguard is in Arabic. This number is 512358 and it’s the typical ID number of a Lebanese Army vehicle. I highly doubt seeing a USMC tank with Arabic number. As for the tracks, which are the type usually found on M47s, their origin is the same as the M48A1s themselves, Jordan. Knowing that Jordan had M47s as well, it’s logical to think that they handled the LAF such kind of tracks as spare parts or to assume that some M48A1s had T80E1 tracks as on the picture. Another clue that shows that the photo was taken in the 80s and not in the 50s are the containers in the middle of the street we see in the background. Such containers were used as protection blocks all along the green line which separated East Beirut from West Beirut. Such line never existed in 1958 during the American intervention.
In the Lebanese civil war you have to expect to see any kind of vehicle or weapon, some really rare jewels can be found.
I do have pictures of M48A1s in 1984 but unfortunately I am not allowed to show them yet. And if you need to see more M48A1s, I suggest you get Samer Kassis’ book “30 years of military vehicles in Lebanon”.
It never killed anybody to make mistakes. Everybody make mistakes including me, and it helps letting knowledge grow.
Last edited by centaur815; 06-13-2009 at 02:38 AM.