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Cinema poster
Country ISR.jpg Israel
FRA.jpg France
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Samuel Maoz
Release Date 2009
Language Hebrew
Studio Ariel Films
Arte France
Israeli Film Fund
Distributor Sony Pictures Classics
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gamil Zohar Shtrauss
Hertzel Oshri Cohen
Yigal Michael Moshonov
Christian phalangist Ashraf Barhom
Syrian soldier Dudu Tassa

Lebanon is a 2009 war film written and directed by Samuel Maoz, based on his experiences as a 19-year-old conscript in the IDF during the 1982 Lebanon War. It is notable for being set entirely inside an Israeli Centurion Main Battle Tank. Set during the first day of the war, the tank is dispatched with a platoon of Israeli paratroopers led by Gamil (Zohar Shtrauss) to clear out a small town. As the mission goes wrong, the men in the tank suffer from heat exhaustion, frayed nerves, claustrophobia and each other.

The following weapons were used in the film Lebanon:

Submachine Guns


A Christian Phalangist (Ashraf Barhom) is armed with an IMI Uzi as he talks to IDF soldiers and the tank crew.

IMI Uzi with collapsible buttstock extended - 9x19mm
A Christian Phalangist (Ashraf Barhom) holds an IMI Uzi. Note the collapsible buttstock.
The Phalangist slings his Uzi as he talks to Gamil.

Assault Rifles


Most of the IDF paratroopers in the film use the IMI Galil ARM, the light machine gun variant of the rifle.

IMI Galil ARM with wood hand-guard - 5.56x45mm
IDF paratroopers search the town with Galil ARMs.
Other IDF paratroopers advance.
An IDF paratrooper on watch with an ARM.
IDF soldiers prepare to evacuate a casualty.


The carbine variant of the Galil, the IMI Galil SAR, is used by the leader of the IDF paratroopers, Gamil (Zohar Shtrauss).

IMI Galil SAR - 5.56x45mm
Gamil orders his men to advance.
Gamil stands on the hatch of the tank with his Galil SAR.
An IDF's marksman's Galil is seen as the tank moves through the town. Note the magazines taped "jungle-style".
The marksman is confronted by a hysterical Lebanese woman.


Palestinian fighters use the AKMS in engagements with the IDF.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
A Palestinian opens up on IDF Paratroopers with an AKMS.
A Palestinian opens up on the IDF soldiers with his AKMS.
A Palestinian holds an AKMS on a hostage.
A Palestinian fires an AKMS at the Israeli troops before being mowed down by the tank.


M21 Sniper Rifle

An IDF Paratrooper uses an M21 Sniper Rifle in the town.

M21 Sniper Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M21 Sniper Rifle sits deployed on a bipod next to a car.
The tank gunner moves his sight, giving us a look at the sight and magazine.

Machine Guns


FN MAG 58 machine guns are used by some of the IDF Paratroopers. Another MAG is also mounted on the tank's turret, although it is never used in the film.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A paratrooper holds a FN MAG while Gamil talks to the Phalangist.
A turret-mounted FN MAG.



Although seen at a distance, a Syrian soldier (Dudu Tassa) fires a RPG-7 at the tank, damaging it before being captured by Israeli forces.

RPG-7 - 40mm.
The Syrian soldier prepares to fire a RPG-7.
The RPG in mid-flight.

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