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Date: 04/27/11 07:37 AM

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  1. Profile photo of ilovmiguel
    ilovmiguel Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:37 am
    Link: The French Army: Nice Head Protection, Boys - This is exactly why the French Army has never been considered a threat ever... in the history of mankind.
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    Hemtroll Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:47 am
    Except for, you know, all throughout history.
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    Wizensilver Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:47 am
    Awwwww!

    I dunno about the threat thing though, I`m pretty sure we didn`t do very well against them. Several times.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:50 am
    they all look really...weak...
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    gary8162 Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:55 am
    Really? You guys are posting this? What happened, is everyone hungover or something today? I`m disappointed iab.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:56 am
    Apart from the time when it dominated continental Europe of course...
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:00 am
    never been considered a threat ever? Think you need to read a history book...
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:01 am
    This is exactly why the French Army has never been considered a threat ever... in the history of mankind.
    You are a complete idiot.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:02 am
    Oh and if it weren`t for France you`d not have become independant from the UK when you did.

    A little grace shown to the French now and then might be handy, yanks.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:05 am
    isnt the fact that france hasnt been taken over yet by a more powerful country enough to make one believe that they have at least an exceptional army?
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:08 am
    The misconception that the French have never been a military power or threat is a silly and hackneyed remark.

    Pick up a history book and start with the Gauls.
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    AngryYouth Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:09 am
    They look pretty lame.
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    Ascaris Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:11 am
    This post is exactly why 13-17 shouln`t be allowed to post on IAB.
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:15 am



    ilovmiguel, maybe you should pay more attention in your 8th grade history class before posting things on IAB.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Looks like a pizza.
  16. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Burnt pizza.
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    kaisersoeze Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am
    FIY it`s a special attack force called "alpine hunters", and they`re specially trained to survive in any environment. Their "head protection" is pretty lame indeed, but they can kick your ass. Any time
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    dude21862004 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:20 am
    It`s just an oversized beret. There are several military units in America that wear them, too.
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    El_Chinche Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:24 am
    Wow, the Europeans here can`t take a joke. We see dozens of America this why you`re so stupid/fat/lazy posts and they`re the funniest thing on the goddamn earth. Then a post that takes a jab at the French coward stereotype, well that`s just unacceptable...hypocrites.

    My point is this is a joke and should be treated like one and most people respect the french and their rich history.

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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:26 am
    It`s so they can play frisbee in their spare time... when they aren`t running away or surrendering...
  21. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:27 am
    And for that matter, IAB mods should probably pay more attention too. Sometimes I swear this place is run by retarded monkeys.
  22. Profile photo of collegebound
    collegebound Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:32 am
    Chinche: so its cowardice to mind your own business?
  23. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:36 am
    "Wow, the Europeans here can`t take a joke."

    I`m counting a few Americans here who`ve stuck up for the Frenchies.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:37 am
    isnt the fact that france hasnt been taken over yet by a more powerful country enough to make one believe that they have at least an exceptional army?
    Nope. That`s a very weak and old-fashioned reason.
  25. Profile photo of El_Chinche
    El_Chinche Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:43 am
    @collegebound
    What..I don`t even..no....sigh.... My point is that people are taking a simple, and stupid joke too seriously and they should just learn to take a joke. I`m half mexican and native american and if I acted as angry as you guys whenever a particular stereotype was brought up I`d never be able to enjoy stupid poo like this.

    Also here`s a pic of french army training

  26. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:46 am
    Wow, the Europeans here can`t take a joke.
    Perhaps it`s because they aren`t used to it. Anyway, this post wasn`t set up to be taken in the spirit of a joke. The picture just shows some soldiers standing in a row with no sign at all of cowardice, and the description is extremist in the opposite direction. Doesn`t make sense.

    Its almost a joke in the other direction - that this sort of (dare I say, american-born?) stereotype has no grounds in reality.

    I don`t even care about the french, I just find this very boring.
  27. Profile photo of collegebound
    collegebound Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:47 am
    cinche: that picture is much more post worthy...
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    smigbaafm Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:55 am
    France has always been a major military power in the world, even during their occupation by Germany in World War II (which I am guessing is the extent of OP`s knowledge of "the history of mankind") they were active on the battlefield. Furthermore, the beret is a common part of the military uniforms of several nations, obviously not part of combat attire.
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    FatGamerGuy Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am
    Meh.
  30. Profile photo of fivezones
    fivezones Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:59 am
    I submitted 2 cool items yesterday, and this lame thing gets posted?!
  31. Profile photo of nubblins
    nubblins Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Stupid post is stupid.


    Go France!
  32. Profile photo of spultra13
    spultra13 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:03 am
    How is a french beret any worse than the Stetson that the Army is gonna be wearing?
  33. Profile photo of Valonqar
    Valonqar Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:05 am
    2 words: Légion Etrangère.
  34. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:11 am
    I think France was most feared during the reign of Napoleon.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:12 am
    "This is exactly why the French Army has never been considered a threat ever... in the history of mankind. "

    Yeah cause the entire European continent definitely was NOT afraid of french revolutions back in the day. Oh wait, they were. /HistoryLesson
  36. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:13 am
    spultra13:

    Did the fact that news was released on April 1 never occur to you?
  37. Profile photo of greenbasterd
    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:15 am
    yea the beret is common in the military.. i`ve never seen one that makes a tough guy look like a total wimp wearing a lame hat....

    some berets are badass
  38. Profile photo of grapehead
    grapehead Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:16 am
    I never understood that stuff. Like Marines using rifles like cheerleader batons and all kinds of other gay poo with out dated rifles. That`s doesn`t prove your killing machines it proves your a bunch of puppets acting gay. And these hats no different.
  39. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:22 am
    "I think France was most feared during the reign of Napoleon."

    Isn`t Napoleon that short guy second from left?! :-)
  40. Profile photo of ChrisMunich
    ChrisMunich Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:27 am
    By the looks of it (i`m not certain(, those are Chausseurs Alpins. I wouldn`t exactly call them wimps...those guys are pretty tough.
  41. Profile photo of Pandabee
    Pandabee Female 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 9:59 am
    1066?
  42. Profile photo of mr_c_bowler
    mr_c_bowler Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 10:03 am
    @grapehead:
    Its all tradition bud. Get over it. I would still not want one of those baton flailing personnel to try and kick my ass. They ARE killing machines. They don`t need to prove it
  43. Profile photo of Renaud-
    Renaud- Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 10:20 am
    LOL someone once said ``The french business is war and they do theur business well`` The fought and won wayyyy more wars than the US, They surrendered to the germans because of some ill-advised general
  44. Profile photo of Slmmhmmr161
    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 10:22 am
    @Renaud-

    List some actual wars the French (army, not resistance groups) have won.
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    benitosub79 Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 11:05 am
    @Slmmhmmr161 among others:

    Hundred years war (1337-1453)
    Second war of Italy (1499-1500)
    Fifth war of Italy (1515-1516
    Ninth war of Italy (1542-1546)
    Tenth war of Italy (1552-1556)
    Thirty years war (1618-48)
    War of "Dévolution" (sorry don`t know what this one is called in English) (1667-1668)
    War of Holland (1672-1678)
    War of Spanish succession (1701-1714)
    War against the Augsbourg League (Nine years war) (1688-1697)
    First Coalition (1793-1797)
    Second Coalition (1798-1800)
    Third Coalition (1805)
    Fourth Coalition (1806-1807)
    Fifth Coalition (1809)
    Conquest of Algeria (1830-1857)
    Crimean war (1853-1856)
    War of Italy (1859)
    War of China (1881-1885)
    1st World War (1914-1918)
    Algerian war (1954-1962)

    You`re welcome :)
  46. Profile photo of Heureux
    Heureux Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 11:11 am
    "This is exactly why the French Army has never been considered a threat ever... in the history of mankind."

    "List some actual wars the French (army, not resistance groups) have won."


    Google "Napoleonic wars". Wikipedia "Military history of France".

    Then google "U.S. Vietnam war" and "U.S. Korean War".

    The history of war is more than just who wins or loses, the Nazi`s ultimately lost, but it cost millions of lives to bring the war to an end.

    You should stay off the internet until you finish middle school.
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    premierwondr Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 11:15 am
    Slmmhmmr161 just got taken out back and drated in the ass by facts.
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    terracottus Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    Okay that french coward thing must be the supidest cliche ever. Almost any country in europe has been constantly in war until 1945.
  49. Profile photo of Brassbull
    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    and most people respect the french and their rich history.

    hooo, not where i live. I once got a pat on the back for ordering cole slaw instead of french fries......in a f-ing CAJUN restaurant.
  50. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm


    Yeah, I`m kidding. The French are actually pretty bad-ass.
  51. Profile photo of Dila_Bagomee
    Dila_Bagomee Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    This made me lolz

    But no seriously the French army has been considered treats in the past. most famous during the Napoleonic Wars. But still, lolz
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    want
  53. Profile photo of Dick_Head
    Dick_Head Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    It is wrong to be French.
  54. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    Wow davymid did you had to dig up your ancient files for that one lol. Seriously wassup with all the American anti French stuff
  55. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    napoleon bonaparte won a few and so did the polish!
  56. Profile photo of lunaticlover
    lunaticlover Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Hehe. The short guy on the left.
  57. Profile photo of Protagoris
    Protagoris Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    Two things:

    Without the French we would have lost the American Revolution.

    Green Berets.
  58. Profile photo of raeyo
    raeyo Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    You do terribly one century and you`ve lost all credibility. I mean its not like the British lost against a bunch of colonists with sticks (Pretty much since they obviously didn`t have the equipment the military did.) or the Americans lost to a buncha guys with pea shooters (Vietnam, but then again that is France`s fault. So I`ll give that to ya.) But regardless each nation has their own history of defeats and victories. If they don`t have a history of victories then it`d be a surprise they`d still be their own country. France just did a lot better 200 years ago. I have a feeling this is going to be a good century.

    Just my input.
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    METALLICAROX Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    The only thing strong about the French army is their damn body odor.
  60. Profile photo of Brassbull
    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Angelmassb

    After 9/11 when Bush was asking for international support to invade Iraq and the French basically told him to go F himself (How can you NOT respect that?). Anger at the French faded along with support for the war, but a lot of people still support what we did over there and are still butthurt at the French for not backing our play.
  61. Profile photo of MauserTM
    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Napoleon was french
  62. Profile photo of ryan99
    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    Are we seriously comparing a beret to a helmet? Or are we just clawing for an insult here?
  63. Profile photo of piperfawn
    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    Hey USA you know that your beloved constitution is born after the French constitution? You know that without the help of French today your country could it be just another English colony?
  64. Profile photo of Neoptolemos
    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    Oh, and Napoleon wasn`t short, by the way. He was 1.68m (5` 6") which was average-ish at that time.

    (With courtesy of our friends at the BBC)
  65. Profile photo of Neoptolemos
    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    @piperfawn:
    But the French are now currently at their Fifth Republic, aren`t they? So it`s hardly the original constitution of 1789.
    But did you know that the Dutch Act of Abjuration is even older? It was signed in 1581(!) and it was formal declaration of independence of the Dutch Low Countries from the Spanish king, Philip II.

    Hurray for the Dutch! 8-)
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    Pizza parlor army
  67. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm
    I`d link to the Cracked article on it, but IAB`s idiotic censorship system won`t allow me.

    The idea that the French always surrender and have never had anything like a real army is one of the silliest pieces of nationalist bigotry ever made up. They even fought England at the height of its power, on and off for centuries and on English land actually occupied by the English with adequate supplies and with a will to keep that land (i.e. nothing at all like the USA`s revolution...which even them was only possible because of lots of French help). They won, eventually - that land (mostly Normandy) is now French. The French have fought almost everyone over the years and beaten most of them. Anyone who says "List some actual wars the French (army, not resistance groups) have won." is just showing that they know nothing at all about any of the relevant parts of history.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    So one French unit wears somewhat silly hats on some formal occasion. Tiny woo. There are plenty of odd military traditions in formal settings. We`ve got some who wear bearskin hats 18 inches high and bright scarlet jackets...when on ceremonial guard duty. We even still have a unit of *archers*. Traditions are important in the military.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    As for resistance groups and armies, why would resistance groups fielding upwards of 5000 trained and equipped soldiers in open warfare with the enemy *not* be considered an army?

    Not all of the French resistance were undercover agents. Where circumstances allowed, they were a lot more overt. For example, Nancy Wake (a remarkable person - it`s well worth reading about her) led ~7000 of them. I`d call that an army.
  70. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    Well I agree the beret needs to go. However the trollish assertion on the army not a threat historically. Well lets ask Napoleon Bonaparte.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    Geez, you never heard of the US Green Berets? Of course they use helmets as well!
  72. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    @Angilion
    So one French unit wears somewhat silly hats on some formal occasion. Tiny woo.

    One unit or an entire legion?



    Sorry bruddah but it`s hard for me take the untis wearing the Kepi Blanc serious without a smirk. Even though a fine army don`t you think it should fade away? Especially from acountry who prides itself in the fashion world.
  73. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Urban legend I heard and debunked pretty drating fast:

    That the French flag used to be white (it was) and that the tradition for surrender was to raise the opposing faction`s flag to say "this is now your land". According to the myth, the French kicked so much ass that the white flag became the standard to display surrender.

    It is untrue as far as I could be bothered with such a mundane detail. And yes, the French have kicked a lot of ass in the past, and are kicking a LOT of ass in Lybia...
  74. Profile photo of dumbassbufet
    dumbassbufet Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    what, our Canadian soldiers wear these (in black), the UN, wears them. what`s the big deal?
  75. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    @dumbassbufet
    Because the berets make them look like am artist rather than a warrior.



    Since when did the UN dictate to any country what to wear?

  76. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm
    France, among others opposed the Iraq war.

    In retrospective; there were no WMDs, Saddam had nothing to do with Al Quaeda and G.W.Bush is now wanted for war crimes. He cancelled a trip to Europe, because the risk of him being arrested. Human rights Groups have prepared documents, ready in several countries to have Bush arrested.

    This post is represents the last resort of the bully who never had a valid argument. Confronted with the silent yet devastating argument of reality, mockery is the only weapon left to use.
  77. Profile photo of Nebbie
    Nebbie Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    Napoleon. Woops, I accidentally proved the caption wrong.
  78. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 1:14 am
    student law- that is exactly it. It has nothing to do with their absurd covers. I think the caption is wrong, but they do look ridiculous.
  79. Profile photo of Lardcarcass
    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:19 am
    Why is it so hard to come up with an army hat that doesn`t look ridiculous?

    Ours suck too.
  80. Profile photo of Elbowless
    Elbowless Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:42 am
    Yeah, the whole problem with this army headgear, is that the beret is way oversized. I mean, all of them berets are oversized, so you can keep one ear warm by pulling one side down over it. Look at how they done that here... the point is just that the other side is standing up far too high still.

    Been there, done that, for the RNLAF, but it never was this bad. Nor are they lined up to the standards I`ve been taught, but hey, who knows... There`s nothing fun in the caption combined with the picture, just in the way they wear their berets.
  81. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:32 am
    So when the US goes to war in the Middle East it`s a war for oil. When the UN picks a revolution to support out of many that also happens to be a major supplier of oil to said European participants it`s for "freedom".
  82. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 7:03 am
    @McGovern: I agree. The mandate was to uphold a no-fly zone over Libya. The reason was that Gadaffi threathened to use fighter jets against protestors. In my opinion the UN mandate was correct: these are the excact reasons that we have the UN; to stop imminent threats against large groups of civilians.

    Things are getting out of hand, though - and some parties here are revising their support to Libya activity. I agree to that.

    But you can`t compare Libya to Iraq just like that. There are major differences: years of bombing Iraq`s infrastructure, causing a lack of water and electricity resulting in thousands of dead civilians is one thing. The use of uranium shells, causing cancer and deformed babies all over Iraq is another.
  83. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 7:50 am
    @Student_Law

    What do you think is being used to take out tanks and bunkers in Lybia? The US isn`t the only country to use uranium tipped warheads.
  84. Profile photo of Crucible
    Crucible Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    NAPOLEAN

    Argument won.
  85. Profile photo of PierreJeanFR
    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    April 30, 2011 at 5:09 am
    It`s from a unit called chasseurs alpins, a mountain combat unit, here`s a another picture when they are not on a review.

    some many comments for us the insignificant french...
    nice comment Brassbull.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    April 30, 2011 at 5:14 am
    and since the Korean war America is not considered a big threat...ask the somalian...

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