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Before the introduction of high-laced boots of the models 1950 and 1952 in the French Armed Forces, during the colonial wars the French troops widely used the low boots of the previous models.

Low army boots used to be worn with canvas gaiters of several types:

- British P37 (Pattern 1937 gaiters)

- American M36 and M38 (gaiters model 1936 and 1938)

- Or French, gaiters model 1945, i.e. the so-called "guêtrons Mle45",

which were modeled on the Anglo-American models and the ones, which had been used in the German Wehrmacht

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