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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
Along with the Mle45 gaiters, during the wars in Indochina and Algeria, the French troops used Mle51 gaiters (model of the year 1951),which were adopted for the Armed Forces of the French Republic, including the Foreign Legion:
The widespread use of gaiters is a clear evidence, that the military warehouses had plenty of low boots of different models and years. Also these boots were highly repairable and easy to re-sole: there are a large number of photographs of French soldiers wearing the boots of early years, for example, Mle17 or Mle41, resoled with the new highly grooved rubber out-soles.
During the armed conflicts in the hot tropical climate areas (from Indochina to North Africa) the French soldiers used to wear "Pataugas"-type boots made of lightweight canvas and hard vulcanized rubber out-soles, both high and low, with different tread patterns and produced by different manufacturers.
BMJA Mle 52 boot represent by itself the result of the French army boot development and the influence of the US military boots. Mle 52 differ from the previous models (of the years 1917, 1941 and 1945) by individually sewn-on leather cuff with buckles.
After the Second World War the French Armed Forces had in use several types of models.
The first model of Brodequin de Marche à Jambières Attenante (BMJA) Mle 52 was a strong, hard brown leather boot with the height up to the ankle (23 cm, if not to count the height of the heel), with tight leather cuff featuring one buckle (boots of the very first type) or with two buckles (boots of the second type) sewn to the top.
As it was noticed before, in the French Armed Forces, this model got the name "Brodequin de Marche a Jambieres Attenantes (BMJA) Mle 1952". After the adoption in 1952, the mass production of these boots began in 1954, and they became widespread approximately in the year 1956. The special priority in providing these new advanced high boots was given mostly to the paratroops, participating in the hostilities in Algeria.
On the Internet, even on the French web-sources, one can find mistaking mentions and even the "pictures" of military boots model 1947, the so-called "BMJA Mle 47 (Brodequins de Marches a Jambières Attenantes modèle 1947)". However, one can not provide the proof of any official documents or mention boots of this model.
Actually it were the (BMJA) Mle 1952 boots on all the pictures, which were intended to show those "mythical" and mysterious "model 1947" boots.
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