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The boots of the model 1952 featured thick cowhide leather mid-sole with stitched and glued out-sole (also model 1952) made of solid vulcanized rubber, with deep tread of multiple patterns.

There are really vast variety of French tread patterns. The overall construction of the boots used to be reinforced with boot nails or screws, made of copper or brass.

The out-look appearance of the boots, namely the toe, the counter (the heel) and the tongue of the boot copied the similar elements of the jump boots Mle 50. The tongue of the boot was comprised of two longitudinal portions, and, in order to increase the strength and tightness of the overall construction, the outer surface of the tongue's central seam was covered with a strip of thin sheep leather over its entire length. This additional leather layer also served as a kind of an additional damper between the foot and the lacing. The structural elements in the upper part of the boots were triple-stitched by nylon threads. As it was told before, the first serial batches of these boots started to be supplied to the French Armed Forced in the year 1954.

The next and last modification of BMJA Mle 52 construction had happened in 1961. The essence of the novelty consisted in transformation of the cuff: since that it was not sewn separately to the top of the boot, but became an integral part of the boot's top. The total height of boots decreased slightly. This modification in 1961 was named BMJA Mle 52/61, or simply "La modification 61".

The design of the boot's counter (the heel cap) was simplified, and the thin sheep leather was no more used on the inner surface of the boots. In general, this modification resulted in mass production cost decreasing, and the number of leather pieces and stitches also was reduced, that resulted in reducing of the number of operations required. In turn, water resistance and overall robustness of the boot's design were increased. Perhaps the earliest models used to be more comfortable to wear, and, accordingly, more expensive.

From 1954 to 1955, first type BMJA Mle 52 military boots were issued, in particular, to the soldiers of 2 RPC (regiment de parachutistes coloniaux) - 2nd Parachute Regiment of colonial troops of the French Republic, but it was already after their active participation in the Indochina conflict (1947-1953).

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