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Forum: International Militaria Forum 12-03-2019, 12:53 PM
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Posted By lew
Agreed. Nothing about it screams...

Agreed. Nothing about it screams "French".
Forum: International Militaria Forum 11-29-2019, 12:29 PM
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Views: 441
Posted By lew
Not even close to Rhodesia, but they are...

Not even close to Rhodesia, but they are recent-production French camo (TAP 47/56 pattern) pants for the civilian market. Quality looks pretty good, but they don't strictly adhere to the 47/56...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 11-18-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 623
Posted By lew
I never mentioned anything about the language...

I never mentioned anything about the language having an official status, but it was spoken in Rhodesia by a not-insignificant number of speakers.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 11-13-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 623
Posted By lew
I had something typed out, but you said it...

I had something typed out, but you said it better. thumbsup
Forum: International Militaria Forum 11-11-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 623
Posted By lew
Absolutely incorrect. Afrikaans was a minority...

Absolutely incorrect. Afrikaans was a minority language in Rhodesia. Lots of South African (and Dutch) settlers moved into the country, especially in the area south-southwest of Salisbury. That said,...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 11-05-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By lew
Agreed. That leather is in phenomenal shape;...

Agreed.

That leather is in phenomenal shape; even better than the Swiss packs I have.
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 10-07-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By lew
It's a post-War generic submachinegun magazine...

It's a post-War generic submachinegun magazine pouch. It could have been used with whatever SMGs the Bundeswehr was using- Uzi, Beretta, MP40, etc...
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-30-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By lew
Correct. White/silver is for cavalry and...

Correct. White/silver is for cavalry and mechanized units.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-20-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By lew
The badge was worn by 11e BPC members seconded to...

The badge was worn by 11e BPC members seconded to the GCMA in Indochina.

All SDECE units- 1e BPC, 11e BPC, and the shortly-lived 12e BPC wore their unit's respective insignia and the regular...
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-19-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By lew
1950, if I remember right. I'd have to check my...

1950, if I remember right. I'd have to check my material.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-18-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By lew
Yes, the pictured badge was used by the 11e Choc...

Yes, the pictured badge was used by the 11e Choc sub-element posted to Indochina. If I recall correctly, it was only a company-sized element that was seconded to the GCMA.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-18-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By lew
That seems like a very limited amount of load...

That seems like a very limited amount of load carrying capability. How was this integrated with the rest of the gear?

ETA: Awesome find.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 09-18-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By lew
That early badge was used from the unit's...

That early badge was used from the unit's inception in 1946 until 1952, when the name was modified and a new badge instituted.

11e Choc is the primary focus of my interest. What do you want to...
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 08-19-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By lew
Gene, That's great to know. I found it odd...

Gene,

That's great to know. I found it odd that it didn't have any buckle arrangement, but also doubtful that it was not produced that way. How, exactly, does it attach to the M70 jacket?
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 08-15-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,607
Posted By lew
It's an almost straight copy of the Denison...

It's an almost straight copy of the Denison Smock. There is one slant pocket on the rear. Some were modified with a full zip, but most were pullovers. There were no corresponding trousers.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 08-14-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,607
Posted By lew
The Commandos de Marine also used the G/K-43 in...

The Commandos de Marine also used the G/K-43 in Indochina, until that was replaced by the MAS Mle. 44, which was then superseded by the Mle. 49. Mle. 44s could be seen in use in Algeria , though.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 08-13-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,607
Posted By lew
Fantastic. I haven't seen many of those pictures....

Fantastic. I haven't seen many of those pictures.

Anyone know what that bush hat in a few of those photos is? Local fabrication? Looks British to me.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 08-07-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By lew
I still haven't found any singular resource....

I still haven't found any singular resource. Plenty of pictures out there, though. Thankfully.
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 08-05-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By lew
:laugh:

:laugh:
Forum: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present 08-03-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By lew
I think the German straps on the M70 pack is kind...

I think the German straps on the M70 pack is kind of brilliant. Makes it possible to use the pack without the M70 jacket. I have four of the packs, and one is missing the buckle for the waist straps....
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 07-29-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By lew
Very interesting. I like seeing items that run...

Very interesting. I like seeing items that run counter to our expectations. Thanks.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 07-18-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By lew
The breast pockets on the 47 with two buttons...

The breast pockets on the 47 with two buttons should have been a giveaway. Nice jackets. Is the 47-51 from Panzerfaust1943? I had him make up a bunch of 47-52 repros that came out absolutely tops.
Forum: Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. 07-17-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By lew
Granted, there were some slight variations in the...

Granted, there were some slight variations in the French fabrics, but that one on the right has the light khaki base color so closely associated with the 47-51. The one on the left looks more like...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-29-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By lew
Kampfanzug 1957 or 1959. That's the first pattern...

Kampfanzug 1957 or 1959. That's the first pattern with some of the "dots" superimposed on other dots.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-20-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By lew
Both units served into/beyond the end of the...

Both units served into/beyond the end of the Algerian War.
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