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    Bat. Choc A.P. 11

    Hello everyone, do you have any information about the 11th airborne assault battalion? In particular I would be interested to know the difference with the 11th Paratrooper Assault Battalion (11th BPC) and its use during the Indochina War. Thanks
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    Just a question of early vs. late.

    Unit name transitioned I believe.
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    Collector of French ww2-era insignia.

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      #3
      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 know?

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        #4
        Originally posted by lew View Post
        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 know?
        Thank you, I would like to know if the 11th was used at battalion level in Indochina or only some elements. I would also like to know from what year it was used and the main actions that involved it.
        I have read that "Des éléments du 11e BPC sont détachés à partir de 1952 en Indochine ; le 11e choc n'est pas impliqué dans le conflit comme unité constituée, mais ses éléments encadrent le groupement de commandos mixtes aéroportés (GCMA), dépendant du SDECE" . So my question is: was the badge posted above, used in Indochina?

        best regards,
        Mario

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          #5
          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.

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            #6
            Originally posted by lew View Post
            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.
            From what year was the 11th engaged in Indochina?

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              #7
              1950, if I remember right. I'd have to check my material.

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                #8
                well the question is also if this badge was worn in Indo, to be honest i m not that sure, as the Choc was part of the of the SDECE, which is Exterior Documentation Sercice and Counter intelligence.
                I would guess they were wearing the GCMA wings and other insignias belonging to the GCMA

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                  #9
                  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 lineup of parachute wings.

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