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Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Vergennes, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Undisclosed??? Chateaudun lol
     
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  3. Vergennes

    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Rare pictures of GIGN operators in Afghanistan.

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    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    The commandos marine are changing their uniforms.

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    II sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong remembered
    AFP December 9, 2016, 12:07 am TWN

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    HONG KONG--Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.

    But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia.

    There are six names on the worn stele that pays tribute to them in a corner of the British military cemetery in Stanley, on a hill in the south of Hong Kong island.

    "I do not see why these people should be forgotten," says Francois Dremeaux, chairman of the Hong Kong committee of French Remembrances of China.

    "My job is to make their memory live by giving it meaning," adds the history teacher, who helped oversee a ceremony dedicated to them last week.

    Dremeaux, who has written a thesis on the French presence in Hong Kong in the interwar period, feels there is much to learn from these men, who in 1941 chose to fight in a battle some 10,000 kilometers from their homeland.

    Hong Kong was a British enclave, and there was nothing forcing them to defend it, he adds.

    "We cannot even say they were defending their colony," Dremeaux said. "They defended an idea, freedom, and did it of their own free will, which makes their sacrifice even more noble."

    Apart from representatives from the French consulate and army, those attending the modest commemoration were largely students from the French international school where Dremeaux teaches.

    Dissident Consul

    By June 1940, many in the French community — which numbered around 400 in the late 1930s, had already fled to Indochina. Those who remained largely rallied to the Gaullist Resistance cause.

    While the French Embassy in Beijing was loyal to the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, in diplomatic correspondence Hong Kong consul general Louis Reynaud railed against the "treason" of the armistice Germany demanded and stamped his official telegrams with "V" for victory.

    A "Free France" committee was set up in Hong Kong with about 20 active members to recruit volunteers, turn merchant sailors on stopover in port or prepare propaganda broadcasts.

    Then on Dec. 8, 1941, hours after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded Hong Kong, which had been living under the threat of the imperial forces since they seized the nearby Chinese city of Canton — modern day Guangzhou — three years earlier.

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    Pour la fraternité...:mods:
     
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    Worried by hacker threat, France prepares army response


    France announced its first cyber-warfare army unit on Monday, aimed at increasing the country's hacking skills as concerns grow in Europe and the United States about Russian capabilities.

    Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian likened the impact of hacking on warfare to the effect of the first aircraft on conflicts in the early 20th century.

    "The emergence of a new area, a new cyber-battlefield, must make us rethink profoundly our way of approaching the art of war," Le Drian said as he unveiled a new doctrine for the army in northwest France.

    Le Drian said that under the new approach a cyberattack could constitute an act of war, which would require an appropriate response from a new specialised unit known as Cybercom.

    If hackers were identified as coming from a country that had failed to stop them, "the responsibility of this state could be called into question," he said.

    "Our offensive cyber-capabilities must allow us to breach the systems and networks of our enemies to cause damage, service suspensions or temporary or definitive neutralisations," he added.

    The new French force will also work to identify foreign hackers and help identify weaknesses in important military IT networks, such as those used to pilot drones.

    France's announcement mirrors plans drawn up by Britain, which last month launched a new cyber-defence plan backed by 2.1 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of funding.

    The French unit will begin work next month and a team of up to 2,600 specialists will be created by 2019, Le Drian said.


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    The first deliveries of NFM body armors have begun,the régiment de marche du tchad being the first one supplied.

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    Its all in French, but some good visuals....again if anyone wants any specific areas translated, give me the time stamp:



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    Some recent pictures :

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    During the priod of celebrations,french kids wanted to show their support for their soldiers and improve their morale.

    On national territory :

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    Or abroad : More than 12.000 drawings were sent to the soldiers of the operation Barkhane!

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    French SFs with HK416 -

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