Old vs young

jonny

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#23
Hi, Joseph, please don’t knock the MAS 36. It saved my life in Algeria. Nothing wrong with a weapon that spits out bullets fromthe front end, when you are in a fire fight.

Not fancy looking, I know, but it worked fine for me.

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Joseph Cosgrove

Moderator
Legionnaire
#24
Hi, Joseph, please don’t knock the MAS 36. It saved my life in Algeria. Nothing wrong with a weapon that spits out bullets fromthe front end, when you are in a fire fight.

Not fancy looking, I know, but it worked fine for me.

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I don't mean to change the subject, but have you seen the film 'the 12th man'? it is a must. True story. It takes place in Norway in 1943. English subtitles.
 

jonny

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#27
Mas 36 looks like a recycled cricket bat and just as dangerous
Oh well, you have never been in a battle then. In my first battle I was armed with a MAS 36 only. Pushed back a few charges by the fellagha and walked out of the battle without a scratch. A few fells laid scatterend around the ground, though.
 
#28
Oh well, you have never been in a battle then. In my first battle I was armed with a MAS 36 only. Pushed back a few charges by the fellagha and walked out of the battle without a scratch. A few fells laid scatterend around the ground, though.
When did they start giving you the MAS 49?
 

jonny

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#29
I think around 1957/58 because I was classified as a sharp shooter and was given a MAS 49 as the only one in thecompany at about the end of 1957. 906B6E3E-0881-483E-9E0D-6622E4211326.jpeg
 
#30
Some of us including Joseph Cosgrove have been at the sharp end and experienced the whiff of grape shot.

We prefer not to make a song and dance about it. I do however plead guilty to sending part of my service records to an Aspirant who I highly regard.

Finally Volt ( Senior member and occasional Mod) also served in Algeria
 

jonny

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#34
Snafu, from best of my memory, the MAS 49 was issued with magazines only, while the MAS 36, of course, had only stripper clips at 5 bullets each.
 
#36
Thank you for the responses! I see the magazine catch is on the magazine itself! Trust the French to make something completely different. I watched a historian on YouTube blabber on about the MAS 49 and MAS 36 and am very intriuged with them, especially how the bolt handle on the MAS 36 faces away from the shooter.
 
#37
I don't mean to change the subject, but have you seen the film 'the 12th man'? it is a must. True story. It takes place in Norway in 1943. English subtitles.
I watched it at cinema. It was a cool action movie, but far away from what really happened. Even tough the real story is amazing, the movie was a more like an Hollywood movie. What really makes me angry is that the director in the start of the movie said "the most sensational thing in this movie happened for real in Jan Baalsruds escape". A lot of the movie is a fake from the real story, so its sad they claim its real.

About it, since we talk about the topic of false history..

Im writing my bachelors degree right now, where my issue is "how has the French Foreign Legion been illustrated in Norwegian litterature since 1945 - and can these illustrations have made a wrong impression of the Legion in the Norwegian society?"

Very interesting topic, and many books has been written by people who claim to have served in the legion, but really has not. These books often show a quite extreme view of the legion, compared to real legionnaires stories. (Well, thats not a surprise actually, considering all the mythos..)
 

mark wake

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Pro Member
Premium Member
#40
GuidoLovarini,

I am greatly disquieted about the lack of Greens. The Dreamers however, are very necessary for this forum to survive especially since some Dreamers turn to reality and attempt selection. Even enthusiastic dreaming is good as long as posts are sensible. But I believe there will always now be a paucity of Greens since they have moved on in life.

I enjoy this forum with some mature Green input and some of the friendly joshing from others. A month or so ago I was going to discontinue association. However I have decided to give it a second chance which will make you all groan in dismay !lol
I am glad you are still around Charles. Hope all is well my friend.
 

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