Friday 14 December 2018

Military Archives Oral History Project: Lebanon Stories - 40 Years of UNIFIL

From Ireland's Military Archives ( and @defenceforces):

Lebanon Stories - 40 Years of UNIFIL is the second phase of the Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) and was launched this morning. The below clip is taken from the collection.

From the video description on YouTube (

This second phase of the Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) was launched this morning. It was attended by Chief of Staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett DSM and former UNIFIL Force Commander Major General Michael Beary (Rtd) DSM among other veteran Irish Peacekeepers, family and friends who contributed to the project.

This video features some of the collected oral histories contributed by soldiers who served with UNIFIL over the course of four decades. It also includes accounts from local Lebanese civilians who highlight the positive impact that Óglaigh na hÉireann have made to their lives and their country.

142 extracts drawn from approximately 36 hours of interviews have been selected for this release to provide a first-hand account of Irish soldiers’ experience serving with UNIFIL. These clips also explore some Lebanese experiences living and working alongside Irish battalions over the course of the last 40 years.

The MAOHP page can be viewed here:

The Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) began officially in 2015 with the aim of digitally recording memory, oral history and tradition associated with Óglaigh na hÉireann since its inception in 1922.


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