G. V. SHUBIN, Candidate of Historical Sciences Institute of Africa, Russian Academy of Sciences
Muammar Gaddafi Keywords:, revolution in Libya, military equipment, multiple launch rocket systems, Arab countries
Dozens of books and hundreds of articles have been written about the 2011 Libyan civil war in hot pursuit. Their authors are divided into praising the "victorious rebels who defeated the usurper" and cursing the "bandits who came to power, overthrew the legitimate leader of the country Muammar Gaddafi by the hands of Western European and Arab" soldiers of fortune"with the support of NATO air and ground special units."
Some experts "dig deeper" and describe not only the events that have taken place and their causes - in particular, the poverty of the population of the oil-rich east of the country and the hatred of young people for the ruler who has been bored for more than 40 years, but also the current sluggish civil war and the increasingly clear fragmentation of Libya into small fragments. Many of them pay attention to the huge number of mercenaries from different countries* from both warring parties who participated in the already completed first phase of the civil war, as well as the spread of the conflict to neighboring states - first of all, this refers to the Tuareg uprising in Mali and the creation of a de facto independent state there.
Very few attempt to draw any conclusions from these events about the nature of the military actions and the effectiveness of the various types of weapons used by the parties. But they are often very superficial.
THERE WAS NO" TOYOTA WAR"
It is claimed that in this case there was a "Toyota war "(similar to the "Toyota war" (1986-1987) between Chad and Libya), which once again showed that battles can be won through the active use of heavy machine guns, rapid-fire anti-aircraft guns and old recoilless guns installed on"tech"cars.
The "techies" were first used by POLISARIO partisans in Western Sahara in the mid-1970s. in b ... Read more