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    Battle of Na San (Nov-Dec 1952) : some rare colour pictures

    Here, on the ECPAD site (French Army photos and films agency), pictures of the battle of Na-San in Indochina (click on voir la galerie photo down the page). Check the picture of this legionnaire (unit unspecified, but could be one of the BEPs or 3e or 5e REI) with his huge beard. Une image de la vieille Légion...
    Here three short excerpts of films on the same subject: the first one (in colour) is a private film, shot from an 8mm camera by Lt Bernard Magnillat, company commander at 6e BPC (Bataillon de Parachutistes Coloniaux) of Major Bigeard. The two others are more ‘propaganda’ (the last one, ‘rushes’ of the evacuation of the camp in Aug.1953, was shot by Pierre Schoendoerffer who recently passed away).
    Na San, a ‘hedgehog’ built half-way between Hanoi and the Laotian border was ‘a successful Dien Bien Phu’ (or DBP was a ‘failed Na San’ since it took place later). After trying to overwhelm the camp late Nov / early Dec 1952, Giap was finally forced to withdraw his troops after heavy losses (always due to the same ‘human wave’ tactics employed later at DBP).
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    Re: Battle of Na San (Nov-Dec 1952) : some rare colour pictures

    Thanks for posting, it's very interesting to see some good pictures of that era.

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    Re: Battle of Na San (Nov-Dec 1952) : some rare colour pictures

    Thank you. Having read Dufour's book, to see this detail in photos & film is explanatory & enlightening. I shall be back to study this again

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    Re: Battle of Na San (Nov-Dec 1952) : some rare colour pictures

    That one photo shows a soldier examining stereo paired recon photographs. Paired photos taken from opposite wings of an aircraft to be seen in 3D. Very cool, if you stare at them long enough you no longer need the lenses to separate your eyes, you can just do it.

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    Re: Battle of Na San (Nov-Dec 1952) : some rare colour pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevezyla View Post
    That one photo shows a soldier examining stereo paired recon photographs. Paired photos taken from opposite wings of an aircraft to be seen in 3D. Very cool, if you stare at them long enough you no longer need the lenses to separate your eyes, you can just do it.
    Absolutely.
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