Found this pic from Kolwezi, May 1978.
I posted the same photo on the “ally star” thread quite a while back.
Tommy two knives aka Thomas deux couteaux
Did you not get spoons? My mum always told me not to eat off my knife!That was quite normal. You had your own personal one and the issue bayonet or dagger (for those that did not carry a rifle to mount a bayonet on). The officially favoured personal knife was a US Camillus design available for purchase in the “Foyer” (NAAFI equivalent). I still have mine, although an overzealous RAF mover tried to confiscate it when I was returning from TELIC 1.
I've always thought that the thigh grenade pouch would be quite uncomfortable. I take it that each grenade was in its own compartment inside the pouch?I posted the same photo on the “ally star” thread quite a while back.
The uniform and equipment is indicative of a MAT-49 armed “grenadier-voltigeur” (rifleman) of the time. It appears that the strap of the weapon is visible on the right shoulder. He has two diagonal stripes on a velcro patch on his chest indicating a “caporal” (more likely than a “sergent” because two gold stripes would stand out much more in monochrome than two green). So it appears that he may have been a “chef d’équipe choc” (assault team leader) in a typical “groupe” (rifle section). One can’t tell which company he’s from as the colour of the identifying “foulard” (triangular kerchief) worn on the right shoulder, cannot be discerned in monochrome.
The grenade pouch on his left thigh and the “poignard” (dagger) on the other one were usually only issued when on operations, together with a “trousse médicale” (medical pouch - not visible here) worn on the “brelage” (webbing) shoulder strap. This pouch contained a dressing and morphine and for this reason had a seal which had to be broken.
The visible grenade appears to be a standard “Grenade DF”(defensive, ie fragmentation grenade) as opposed to a standard “Grenade OF” (offensive, ie concussion grenade).