+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 11 of 11


Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #11
    Advisory Panel
    painter777's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Central Michigan
    Local Date
    Local Time
    01:52 PM

    Battle Of Dien Bien Phu

    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Like the Legion Etrangere? Didn't they have some in 1954 in RVN?
    Yes they did. The M1icon Carbine was introduced into Vietnam by Frenchicon troops during the late 1940s in their war with the communist Viet Minh forces. A large number of M1 carbines were captured and used by Viet Minh troops. After the First Indochina War ended in July 1954, M1 carbines filtered from the North into the hands of the developing Viet Cong guerrilla forces.

    Then in 1956 the Americans started handing them out like candy. In the end ~1975 it was estimated that 1.5 mil carbines were left behind.

    In reading about The French Foreign Legion units and Paratroops that fought in Indochina, during the 56-57 day Battle of Dien Bien Phu caught my attention. I knew few details of this before the searching I've done the last few days. I don't want to 'Waste' the details in this thread..... If you know what I mean. I'll try to follow up and post a new topic on the board.
    But that battle has it all, Heroes, Cowards, Deserters and a French version of the American Bataan Death March. Est 8,000 French POW's to include wounded were force marched some 400-500 miles during 40 days. Many of them wouldn’t survive the punitive march.
    These prisoners spent several months in the Viet Minh POW camps on the border with China. It's estimated that only 3,290 men (including legionnaires) would survive the imprisonment. This battle ended that war, no telling how many more POW's would have died had it gone on longer.

    There is so much to this Battle, but this isn't the place to follow up on it.
    I'll follow up when I can, If interested Stay tuned for Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

    Captured French:


    A Country Has No Greater Responsibility Than To Care For Those Who Served...

  2. Thank You to painter777 For This Useful Post:

  3. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    All Threads
    Banner AD Space Available - Click HERE to Inquire We specialise in military utensils and artefacts such as helmets, daggers, medals and badges, etc.  The on-line store is intended for personal browsing and searching of collecting objects. All items are provided historical value only and can be used for home collection or other purposes except of fascism, Nazism or other extremism manifestation or its propaganda. LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM THE AMERICAN GUNSMITHING INSTITUTE: Get Immediate Online Access To AGI's NEW Armorer's Course for Glock Pistols, Covering Every Generation of Glocks, Including the Latest Model 42/43 and Double Stack Pistols for ONLY $7.00! Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles We pride ourselves on being the new lowest price listing service, and the simplest to use. If you need to buy or sell collectible firearms or any firearm in your legal possession, then this is the place for you. If you’re a big collector clearing house, or other seller that could benefit from a Premium seller account, then we can also support you here at Gunonline.com. Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Similar Threads

  1. My 602 build just became a green stocked 601
    By imarangemaster in forum M16A2/AR15A2 Rifles
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 11-09-2017, 08:28 PM
  2. Maple stocked Long Branch
    By Lee Enfield in forum The Lee Enfield Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-16-2016, 03:38 PM
  3. sporterized 1903 stocked by...
    By rugersworld in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-06-2015, 12:21 AM
  4. Teak stocked Mk III
    By CINDERS in forum The Lee Enfield Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-08-2013, 04:26 PM
  5. First go with a Sage stocked M1A
    By jmoore in forum Range Reports - Show us how good you are!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-03-2012, 05:13 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts