photo - Operation MANTA in Tchad
I came across some
nice photos from Operation Manta in Tchad on the CHEMIN
DE MEMOIRE DES PARACHUTISTES site. The thread and all of
the photos can be seen by
Two of the photos show heavily
equipped M201 jeeps.
Several details stand out in the
Side mounted jerry can though it is not a MILAN.
Wire cutter on
the front bumper.
holder attached to the spare wheel is being used to
carry a bag
pattern which is very effective but hand painted
including the aerial insulator.
Lamp mounted between the seats from the dashboard
All of this is very
interesting detail but what really needs some explanation are
the Russian weapons. I'm not an expert but there's a Kalashnicov AK-47 in the back and beside the jerry can
and an RPK light machine gun on the bonnet.
The photos were
posted by an anonymous guest on the website so I can anyone
else offer an explanation?
Are they captured weapons displayed on the jeep for a
Thanks to Brice Maillebiau for
providing the following information:
The camouflage is made with mud, this
was done often during this operation.
The case with yellow and red paint comes from an
anti-aircraft cannon 20mm. These cases were used very
often by the military to put their personal things in it
because it gave good protection against the sand.
The three metal cases belong to the FAMAS Gun. They
contain 1300 cartridges per case.
The canvas helmet protection is clearly a French Legion
item, so I wouldn't be surprised if this Jeep was used
by the 1st REC.
The extra jerrycan is not a standard jerrycan on this
vehicle. The same goes for the tire on the bonnet.
I think that the weapons were found whilst they went to
explore the African battlefields in the area (not taken
from the Africans because they were not in combat with
them) and put in display on the Jeep. Maybe the battle
of Oued FAMA.
In the book Tchad "Operation Manta" by Eric Lefevre,
there is a photograph that shows the mud camouflage.