Legionnaires in chemical agent protective gear during Operation Desert Storm

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I came across this image today, claiming the men were legionnaires deployed during Operation Desert Storm. Is this the type of chemical agent protective gear used by the French Army and the Legion?

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No, not at all! This is the gear used (or at least used to in 91) by the decontamination units, in other words the specialists cleaning up everybody else. They could be legionnaires, but this is not the standard protective gear used by the troops.
 

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Below a picture of the CBRN standard protection suit issued in the 90s. Called tenue S3P in French (S3P meaning Survêtement de Protection à Port Permanent). The jacket and trousers were put over the uniform (hence the name survêtement in French meaning coverall) and were designed to be kept on permanently (meaning as long as necessary).

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Below a picture of the CBRN standard protection suit issued in the 90s. Called tenue S3P in French (S3P meaning Survêtement de Protection à Port Permanent). The jacket and trousers were put over the uniform (hence the name survêtement in French meaning coverall) and were designed to be kept on permanently (meaning as long as necessary).

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Boooooring. Who the **** cares? Ok, the guys who hand out equipment? Yes, probably, and anybody else? How about the colour of my shorts?
 

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"Here's Johnny!" Man, I had that scene on my mind when I read your posts yesterday. :)

Guess is fun to be in that protective suit in desert sun.
 

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(...) How about the colour of my shorts?
Humm... The colour of your shorts ? I guess yellow in front and brown in the back, no? Like any incontinent old grumpy who'd better stay quiet in his room than cause disturbance on the internet :D... Forgot to take your pills today or what? If you don't behave yourself, I'll call the male nurses with their straight-jacket.
 

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No, not at all! This is the gear used (or at least used to in 91) by the decontamination units, in other words the specialists cleaning up everybody else. They could be legionnaires, but this is not the standard protective gear used by the troops.
Stoeng Do you remember the NBC suits we had in the 80s? That green bin liner with a hole to stick your head out of the top and sleeves to put your arms into. And the plastic welli boots? I always thought that if the Russians send over an NBC missile I'd just sit around and enjoy the show. Fortunely it was replaced by the S3P and the decontamination centre has also taken a leap into the 21st century.
 

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At least there is some sort of protection for the guys these days. It's weird this topic should come up as I was browsing in an old antiques shop a couple weeks back and for a couple f quid picked up an old postcard with this memorial on the front. On the back the words 'memorial to the first use of poison gas' is written and 'visited Aug 9th 1933'. When I tried to look it up I couldn't find any obvious info on it but got there in the end.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz...&imgdii=q68_ycwGkD_JXM:&imgrc=Rr4xG6n4-7Yk6M:

http://www.zilvercruys.be/monument.en.html
 

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