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1er BEP <<Op Muguet>> Indochina 1953
Old 08-12-2014, 06:48 AM   #1
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Default 1er BEP <<Op Muguet>> Indochina 1953

Guys,

Just wanted to share with you all the results of our latest project. We've been busy and not had much to post here for a while, but we finally got to put this one together.

This features myself and a bunch of guys from the UK based Allied Forces Living History Association. They wanted to take a step out of WWII for a while and we were only to happy to oblige.

Every step was taken to make sure the photo's are as accurate as possible. I always welcome constructive criticism and advice as I like to keep improving on our work all the time. For your consideration...

1er Bataillon Étranger de Parachutistes "Operation Muguet"
Tonkin, Indochina, 1953.
































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Old 08-12-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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That's really great work

Thanks for posting your efforts


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Old 08-13-2014, 12:21 AM   #3
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Bravo Mark
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for your support guys, we really appreciate it.

I'd like to add that I've made a (fairly large) booboo... The title should read 2eme Bataillon Etranger. I'll go and stand in the corner for a bit... [muttering] must try harder...
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Like old Life Magazine photos.
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very good pictures!!
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Superb as ever!

Yours, Guy!
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Question...are all the weapons dewat origionals?
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Hi Ron, I take it 'dewat' means deactivated? If so, yes, all the weapons we used we were either deactivated or replica's. I think we used one replica carbine.
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Hi Ron, I take it 'dewat' means deactivated? If so, yes, all the weapons we used we were either deactivated or replica's. I think we used one replica carbine.
Is the MAT49 a replica?
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Hi Ron, I take it 'dewat' means deactivated? If so, yes, all the weapons we used we were either deactivated or replica's. I think we used one replica carbine.
Dewat is an acronym for deactivated war trophy
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It seems there is a larger selection of deactivated origional weapons available in Europe than the US.
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Hi Ron,

Actually there are very few deactivated French weapons available in the UK. That we've managed to get three MAT49's together in one place is pretty good going. We've all spent several years sourcing them. Two of the ones you saw were obtained, at great expense, from France through armourers. Took ages as well.

Only one carbine was a replica. All other weapons were real.
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As far as your web gear and helmets.....a combination of original and repro? I assume the camo uniforms are repros. BTW, keep the photos coming!!!! Also 1953 was the year I was born. Look what was going on!!!!
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Hi Ron,

The 'duck hunter' camo jackets and trousers are all reproductions. Some of the windproof trousers were original, some repro. The helmets are all WW2 or Korean war era originals, some with refurbished liners. The EO 'A' frames are repro's from an ebay vendor. The webgear is about 95% original. We used several original TAP Mle 50 belts, but the rest is later issue of the same pattern, such as TAP suspenders and MAT49 ammo pouches. Most of those are of 70's issue I believe. All of the US webbing is original.

Our next project is for April/May next year. The disaster at Cao Bang 1950.
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