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#1 27-Jun-2017 23:27:42

bannockburn bhoy
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Richard e-mails not secret squirrel stuff so just posting on here.   

Firstly I came across a documentary about the fighting around St Nazairre and the surrounding coastal ports post D-Day, and there were French units involved dressed in French 1939/40 uniforms. Can anyone shed any light on this.

Saw a lovely bit of kit on Empress Miniatures site , a 28mm Spanish Church and separate Tower , under the heading Builders Yard ,actually there is a lot of nice stuff there. Bit pricey ,but definitely getting what you pay for.   cheers  John

  www.empressminiatures.com/userimages/procart14.htm

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#2 28-Jun-2017 05:53:23

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bannockburn bhoy wrote:

Firstly I came across a documentary about the fighting around St Nazairre and the surrounding coastal ports post D-Day, and there were French units involved dressed in French 1939/40 uniforms. Can anyone shed any light on this.

Could these have been troops that were repatriated after Dunkirk, then 'mobilised' once the Allies had made a successful landing?

Grant

P.S. John, who were these troops fighting for?? Allies or Axis forces?


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#3 28-Jun-2017 05:58:02

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Cheers John, not sure why I didn`t get the original messages??


"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908

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#4 28-Jun-2017 07:40:44

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John

St Nazaire was blockaded, didn`t surrender until May `45, I have no idea why troops in 1940 kit would be there, unless they were locals taken back into the army and used in this "mostly" static defensive role?


"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908

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#5 28-Jun-2017 12:29:17

bannockburn bhoy
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Allies Grant ,im annoyed I didn't catch the name of the documentary,I will try and dig it out. Could they have come over from Vichy. cheers John

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#6 28-Jun-2017 17:08:52

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Former Vichy units ( the troops were only obeying the orders of their govt and officers) or units from North Africa yet to be re equipped in the US style?
Remember the old French infantry from Esci, the majority in French kit but with a smattering of US weapons and gear.......

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#7 28-Jun-2017 18:52:50

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bannockburn bhoy wrote:

Allies Grant ,im annoyed I didn't catch the name of the documentary,I will try and dig it out. Could they have come over from Vichy. cheers John

If you find it John, please let us know, as it's something I'd be interested in viewing smile

Grant


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