As the war in the Gulf began its eighth week, the Iraqi Government on Sunday (9 November) mounted a display of captured Iranian weapons.
GV EXTERIOR Iraqi flag at exhibition entrance newsmen enter
SVs INTERIOR Newsmen looking at captured arms (4 shots)
GV Poster of Ayatollah Khomeini holding Israeli Prime Minister Begin
GVs EXTERIOR Captured jeeps
GV AND SV EXTERIOR Wreckage of Phantom jet (2 shots)
GVs AND SVs Captured tanks (4 shots)
GVs Captured field guns (3 shots)
GV Captured radar dish
GV Spectators looking at exhibits
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Background: As the war in the Gulf began its eighth week, the Iraqi Government on Sunday (9 November) mounted a display of captured Iranian weapons. The exhibition is intended to boost Iraqi morale.
SYNOPSIS: On the opening day, most of the visitors were members of the international press corps covering the war. Iraqi Army officers say that much of the equipment was abandoned by fleeing Iranian forces and is still usable. The Iraqis say that they've captured or destroyed hundreds of Soviet, American or British-made weapons. The display inside a tent is mainly of light arms--mortar shells, machine guns, rifles and rocket launchers. Also on show is communications equipment.
Outside, a poster of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini suggests that he's being helped by Israel's Prime Minister Menecham Begin. The poster overlooks an assortment of Iranian jeeps. Nearby, lies the wreckage of one of Iran's American-built jets--supplied when the Shah was in power. This is a Phantom F-4 fighter-bomber.
The Iraqis are especially proud of these Iranian tanks. Some 55 American M-60 and M-47 tanks are said to have been captured. They also claim to have taken 69 British-built Chieftains, Iran's most advanced main battle tank. Soviet-supplied equipment includes a number of armoured personnel carriers and 27 field guns which were taken in the fighting. The exhibition comes as Iraq's war effort seems, for the time being, to be stalled. It's felt the authorities are hoping to maintain public backing for the war by highlighting the gains that have been made. Thousands of Iraqis are expected to visit the exhibition over the next few weeks.