French hit back after 8 troops killed.

#2
The french surrendered unconditionally at 14:18 hrs.... :D
 
#3
Wow, the French actually fought back against someone...hold on whilst I pull my jaw off the floor. didn't know the airforce had any planes besides the odd biplane to tow a giant white flag.
 
#4
Good for them

I don't suppose they'd get the Jaguars refuelled then do the same to the Sudanese Government aircraft could they? :twisted:
 
#5
To be fair to the French, their armed forces are almost sacred, unlike here the French politicians hold their forces in high regard.
 
#6
The situation continues to be chaotic. Neither side wants the UN peacekeeping force. Its possible that both sides in the civil war will declare open season on the French/UN peacekeeping force.
 
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tomahawk6 said:
The situation continues to be chaotic. Neither side wants the UN peacekeeping force. Its possible that both sides in the civil war will declare open season on the French/UN peacekeeping force.
Sounds like you would not be sorry if that happens.
 
#8
Hackle wrote Sounds like you would not be sorry if that happens.

That is a real stretch hackle. Its a possibility that needed to be stated. The French certainly have enough power to prevail should the peacekeeping forces come under full scale attack.
 
#9
I think the LEP and the other French Forces there will welcome that.

Unlike our politicians ,French Politicians aren't backward in going forward when former colonial responsibilities need sorting.





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I believe when push comes to shove , the French will give a good account of themselves.
 
#10
For many years, our neighbours across the English Channel have employed Foreign Legion troops for their adventures abroad. That way, French interests can be served without spilling French blood. As usual, they get someone else to do the dirty work while they pick up the credit. Enough said.
 
#11
A large portion of the FFL is made up of Geordies and Northern Irish - approached one while doing some charity work in Africa last year with the question "pardonnez moi, quel temps as tu?" to which i received to wonderous reply in a Gerry Adamsesque accent "Ey din't onderstan' a fecking ward of that - yur french is shayte" surprised the living daylights out of me!
 
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smokey said:
For many years, our neighbours across the English Channel have employed Foreign Legion troops for their adventures abroad. That way, French interests can be served without spilling French blood. As usual, they get someone else to do the dirty work while they pick up the credit. Enough said.
You would be wise not to try that line with the families and comrades of the recent French marine casualties.
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/041107/5/44rbl.html
 
#16
Part of Frances sacred cow view of the military iis due to their massive support for indigenous defence jobs.
That said they have always been willing to act militarily, Americans and Brits who slag them off about being overrun in 1940 should remember that their own countries militaries would have been similarly trounced at that time had it not been for favourable geography.
 
#17
Imshi-Yallah said:
Americans and Brits who slag them off about being overrun in 1940 should remember that their own countries militaries would have been similarly trounced at that time had it not been for favourable geography.
I'll drink to that. Here's to "favourable geography", bloody-mindedness, and a determination not to give up, whatever the odds. Could be the epitath of the British infantry. Cheers!
 
#18
On the BBC World news this evening it was mentioned rather in passing that the French troops fired over the heads of a crowd to disperse it. Had the Yanks done this in Iraq today it would have got a huge and damning section, replete with yank bashing.

But wait! It's the French, so it's OK! :roll:
 
#19
stoatman said:
On the BBC World news this evening it was mentioned rather in passing that the French troops fired over the heads of a crowd to disperse it. Had the Yanks done this in Iraq today it would have got a huge and damning section, replete with yank bashing.

But wait! It's the French, so it's OK! :roll:
Yeah, S'man, but the Yanks would fired INTO their heads. 8)
 

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#20
smokey said:
For many years, our neighbours across the English Channel have employed Foreign Legion troops for their adventures abroad. That way, French interests can be served without spilling French blood. As usual, they get someone else to do the dirty work while they pick up the credit. Enough said.
Don't knock it till you've tried it - it works.

offer asylum seekers arriving in UK citizenship in return for a five year contract . I guarantee you could raise 3 battalions inside a year.

Officer them with the best (exclusively British) you can find, make the hardest basrtds the NCO's and don't worry about the occasional death in training, add 175 years of do or die tradition and you MIGHT have something that equates to La Legion Etrangere.

The French have never made any bones about the fact legionnaires have only one use - to die for France. Nor are they over squeamish about it.

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