Australian Embassy - Beirut
Australian Embassy Launches Book of Photographs “A LONG WAY FROM HOME” Commemorating Australian Forces in Lebanon 1941-42
(Translation appears in Arabic section)
On 12 April 2018, Australian Ambassador Glenn Miles launched a book of photographs “A Long Way From Home: Australian Forces in Lebanon 1941-42”.
During the Second World War, Australian troops served in Lebanon alongside British, Commonwealth and Free French forces.
“Today, seventy seven years on, the Australian Embassy is delighted to publish this collection of historical photographs, which capture Lebanon in the 1940s, as seen through the eyes of our soldiers,” said Ambassador Miles.
Many of the photographs were selected from the Australian War Memorial’s extensive archives.
“The photographs tell the story of Australian military operations around Damour, Jezzine and Saida, alpine training among the snow-covered cedars of Bcharre, and construction of the Beirut-Tripoli railway line, much of which remains standing to this day,” said Ambassador Miles.
“They capture Lebanon’s spectacular natural beauty, as well as personal moments in time, both somber and light-hearted.”
The collection also includes older photographs taken by Australian troops during the First World War as well as a series of present-day photographs taken in the same locations by renowned Lebanese photographer and good friend of the Embassy, Eddy Choueiry.
The publication is dedicated to the Australian servicemen who served in Lebanon and of course to the Lebanese people. Our sincere thanks go to the Australian War Memorial and Eddy Choueiry for making it possible.