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Forty years ago today... La Légion saute sur Kolwezi

 

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I remember watching the film during instruction (brainwashing?), it was certainly motivating. (...)
Was that for good behaviour? As we never got watching films anytime during instruction never even seen it at the REP but there were quite a few British and natural other nationalities that did participate, and a few stories kicking about in the Foyer over a beer!

One of the stories, I don’t know if you heard it Joseph, was that a guy whose name eludes me, but this it was a Brit, jumped with an empty case of beer as for inspection indoors it made the kit smarter and square all he had was radio antenna sticking out his sack and by the time they were out with their kit it was no return and jumped with it!
 

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Our sous-off', Sgt Garcia (ex-Spanish Legion, ex rep) did Kolwezi and was a figurant (extra) in the film too.
 
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Raoul Coutard, the Director of the (accurate, but honestly not very good) movie, was a war cameraman during the Indochina war. In civvy life he worked as a director of photography with famous directors, in particular Jean-Luc Godard in the movie Le Mépris (Contempt) featuring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli and American actor Jack Palance.
 

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Raoul Coutard, the Director of the (accurate, but honestly not very good) movie, was a war cameraman during the Indochina war. (...)
Rapace, I have to agree with you that it wasn't much of a movie. The guitar and singing in the foyer (whilst they are waiting on further orders) made me cringe. I'd say that it was made in haste while the subject was still "hot".
Saying that I've watched the movie a few times. Also I'd suggest to anyone who hasn't seen the movie to watch it, even if you can't understand French. I mean it's not really the type of movie that you need to follow the dialogue of.
I have read the book by Pierre Sergent also whilst in the museum.
 
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Filmed in French Guiana. At Kolwezi several / couple of 13e RDP took part (?)
Correct. They were signals specialists in charge of establishing long-range communications. Remember that at that time there were no communication satellites (at least not in the French army). Kinshasa (the capital city of then Zaire, now called Democratic Republic of Congo) was 1,000 miles away and France of course even further.
 

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I wasn't sure, explains the (?), due to the more than dubious source : Riposte laïque (cringe worthy stuff, the fuds).
 

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Our sous-off', Sgt Garcia (ex-Spanish Legion, ex rep) did Kolwezi and was a figurant (extra) in the film too.
He was our SCH in Lebanon in '83. Loved his sardines. Hell of a guy. He was the main guy stting up the zodiacs in '82 when we did our diving course in Bonifacio.
Aye Ever
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Loved his pif too.

I.e . J.-P. Méfret ex-journalist at Le Figaro. Only song that caught my guts,was, "j'ai pas de pays".
 

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Was that for good behaviour? As we never got watching films anytime during instruction never even seen it at the REP but there were quite a few British and natural other nationalities that did participate, and a few stories kicking about in the Foyer over a beer!

One of the stories, I don’t know if you heard it Joseph, was that a guy whose name eludes me, but this it was a Brit, jumped with an empty case of beer as for inspection indoors it made the kit smarter and square all he had was radio antenna sticking out his sack and by the time they were out with their kit it was no return and jumped with it!
Ah the bloody Brits! No comment but puts a smile on my face. 😊
 

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Hey Mark It was long time ago we heard from you. How are you doing?
 

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