French commandos in Indochina. You can recognize Marine Commandos to their green berets which were still worn in the British way. Some of them later became US advisors and mentored LRRPs, Navy seals and green berets teams operating in Vietnam. They were of course on CIA payroll.
A line of Marmon-Herrington Mark II’s being driven by the King’s Dragoon Guards, at Tobruk, 1941. Via @tankmuseum
Paratroopers in Quang tri. July 1953. All the accounts from veterans tell how immense was the sky and how majestic were the landscapes. Many fell truly in love with this country struggling with war.
Légionnaires from 3e bataillon of 5e REI (Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie) during the “Brochet” operation. This legionnaire is armed with a MAS 36 rifle and an OF 37 offensive grenade. September 1953.
60 mm mortar squad of colonial paratroopers from 6e BPC (Bataillon de Parachutistes Coloniaux) are witnessing a combat jump during operation “Hirondelle”. July 1953
Bastille Day, 1954: Paratroopers of the French Foreign Legion parade through the streets of Hanoi, two months after their compatriots surrendered at Dien Bien Phu
Bristol Scout aircraft of the Royal Naval Air Service in flight, February 1916.
Legionnaire of 2e BEP (Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes) advancing in a rice paddy. The first one is armed with a MAT 49 submachine gun. This 100% metal weapon was inspired by the German MP 40 and the US grease gun. The magazine was foldable to allow a safe and convenient combat jump configuration. September 1953, photographer : Pierre Ferrari.
A Heinkel He 111 wreck of KG 26 “Löwen” on the beach near Dunkirk - Spring 1940. Photo: e.bay.de
Wounded legionnaire waiting for a lift. Indochina was the first conflict zone were choppers have been massively used, mostly for medivac purpose. The firsts models available were too small and light to be used to supply ground troops with sufficient firepowers. The firsts helicopter types used were Hiller 360 such as this one and were buyed through a public subscription program. At the end of the war, 32 choppers were operating from Hanoï and Saïgon, evacuating a total of 10 820 wounded men between 1950 and 1954. September 1953.