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Combat Footage: French Indochina War

Number of military casualties in the French Indochina War:

— Viet Minh – 500,000 killed (est.)

— French Union Forces – 89,797 killed and MIA

Vietnam Notebook: French Armed Forces in Indochina, 1945-54

képi blanc de la Légion étrangère vu de profile

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In the course of the First Indochina War the French Expeditionary Force endured terrible losses. Entire classes from the most elite military schools perished. The French were increasingly forced to fall back on locally recruited material. This tendency, which the French called jaunissement, the “yellowing” of the army, was increasingly apparent by 1952-53… MORE>>