by CollectinSteve Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:04 am
Nah, I meant 2nd Quarter
It was in frontline use with French forces for WW2 through Indochina. It was replaced with the belt fed AAT M.1952, though I'm sure it took many years for the transition to be complete. Countries are generally very reluctant to ditch old weaponry, either due to cost, manufacturing delays, reserves, niche rolls, etc.
It's definitely an interesting vest that I have also never seen a picture of. Not that I've seen thousands of combat pics of French troops, so that doesn't mean much. I could be one of those things which was made and issued but not generally used.
I'm always happy when my stabs in the dark appear to be correct