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Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. Covering, French Indo China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc.

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Old 02-18-2019, 06:34 PM   #16
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Good thread Owen. I have a set of wartime (ww2) British windproofs, great camo pattern !
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:13 PM   #17
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The pattern itself has a pinkish hue and is very distinct


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Old 02-19-2019, 01:15 PM   #18
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The suits are not made from bolts of cloth rather disassembled original British Windproof suits


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Old 02-26-2019, 11:40 AM   #19
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Old 02-26-2019, 11:41 AM   #20
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Old 02-26-2019, 11:42 AM   #21
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And the famous matching cap modeled after the Japanese WW2 cap with sun flap


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Old 02-28-2019, 07:00 AM   #22
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I have this Bigeard-type cap, but the origin is a bit of a mystery to me. It is quite light-weight and clearly locally made, there are no stamps and it never had a neck flap. The camouflage pattern also seems a bit different than the standard Lizard pattern; maybe it isn't even French used.





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Old 03-01-2019, 01:07 PM   #23
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There were dozens of manufacturers of the "Bigeard" cap, both in Metropolitan France and Algeria. Yours looks like the latter. There was a wide variation in the color palette of French camouflage fabrics, especially with the Bigeard cap, Mle. 47/56 TAP, and 47/52 TTA uniforms. I have six Bigeard caps, five of which are original. One stamped example looks close to that one, particularly the stitching.
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Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:39 PM   #25
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Thatís a nice one


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Old 03-03-2019, 12:58 PM   #26
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Thank you, it came with the rest of the French pile.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:40 PM   #27
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Many thanks for this thread about the unforgettable "Bruno".

In DiÍn BiÍn Phu, actions ot his unit for defending (and, thereafter, for taking again) the "Eliane" & "Hughette" strongpoints became legendary in the French Army.

With him, in this circumstances, the Colonial Paratroopers (BPC) attained the French Legion.

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Old 03-06-2019, 05:45 AM   #28
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A remarkable man indeed... and with good fashion sense
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:22 AM   #29
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I agree !

And with great communications skills, too ...

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Old 03-06-2019, 04:36 PM   #30
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The real or original "Bigeard cap" owns a specific part : a protection (from the sun) for the neck.

Here is one of them from a complete TAP jump uniforme (dating from the fifties).


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No origine stamps (here, only an indication for the head size : "57"). This uniforme was delivered by the Arzew School (CIPCG) to an Officer for his training course. But cap never worn (its usage was reserved only to airborne troops), replaced in this situation (First lieutenant belonging to the "Commandos de Chasse") by a camouflaged beret (same texture and same "Lťopard" camouflage pattern than the "Bigeard" cap).

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