Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation Lebanon 1956

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.

International Information

International Operation Name: Lebanon 1956

International Mission Name: Lebanon 1956

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Middle East

Location: Lebanon

Mission Date: 24 April 1956 - 3 May 1956

Mandate:

To deliver Canadian Red Cross supplies to Lebanon

Mission Notes:

On 16 March 1956 a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Lebanon. With its epicenter located near Sidon, it caused 136 deaths, destroyed 6000 buildings and damaged 1700 more. As aid and assistance rushed into the country, the International Red Cross collected over $615,000 (USD, 1956).

On 24 April, a 426 Squadron North Star aircraft left Montreal for Beirut. Onboard was medicine and relief supplies donated by the Canadian Red Cross. The aircraft arrived in Beirut on 28 April, returning to Montreal on 3 May.