• Short Summary

    REVOLUTIONARY NEW UNIFORMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THE FRENCH ARMED FORCES. THEY WERE SHOWN TO?

  • Description

    REVOLUTIONARY NEW UNIFORMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THE FRENCH ARMED FORCES. THEY WERE SHOWN TO THE PRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON TUESDAY AT A SPECIAL DISPLAY IN PARIS.

    THE SUITS ARE DESIGNED TO OFFER THE FIGHTING SOLDIER ALMOST COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS, RADIATION AND NUCLEAR FALLOUT, AS WELL AS OFFERING A MORE EFFECTIVE CAMOUFLAGE FROM THE ENEMY.

    EXTENSIVE LABORATORY TESTS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF FIBRES, BEFORE THE NEW "COTTON SATIN 300" WAS PRODUCED. THIS HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF LIGHTNESS AND PROVIDES MANY OF THE QUALITIES OF THE HEAVIER WOOLEN FIBRES.

    THE SUIT HAS A SMOOTH SURFACE WHICH WILL OFFER SOME PROTECTION FROM RADIO-ACTIVE FALLOUT, WHILE THE NEW GREEN COLOUR RESISTS INFRA-RED DETECTORS.

    THE DESIGN OF THE NEW BATTLE-DRESS OFFERS MORE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT THAN THE OLD-STYLE, HEAVIER SUIT, AND IS DESIGNED SO THAT WARM UNDERCLOTHING CAN BE WORN IN WINTER CONDITIONS. IT IS TEAR-RESISTANT, AND ALMOST COMPLETELY WATER-PROOF. IN RECENT LABORATORY TESTS, IT HAS ALSO BEEN POSSIBLE TO TREAT THE SUIT WITH A FIRE-PROOFING, AND THIS IS TO BE ADDED TO THE FABRIC SHORTLY.

    ADDED TO THE NORMAL BATTLE-DRESS ARE SPECIAL BOOTS, MADE OF RUBBER AND LINED WITH FELT AND AN AIR CUSHION, WHICH WILL ALLOW TROOPS TO OPERATE IN DEEP SNOW WITHOUT DISCOMFORT. A DOUBLE LIGHT-WEIGHT PARKA IS ALSO ISSUED FOR USE IN WINTER-TIME.

    PERHAPS THE MOST ADVANCED ITEM ON SHOW, IS THE NUCLEAR PROTECTION SUIT WHICH WILL BECOME PART OF THE STANDARD ISSUE TO ALL TROOPS. THIS CONSISTS OF A GREEN POLYTHENE CAPE, HELMET, MITTENS AND OVERSHOES, WHICH CAN BE QUICKLY SLIPPED OVER THE ORDINARY FIGHTING SUIT. THIS WILL OFFER PROTECTION AGAINST HOURS OF RADIATION EXPOSURE, AND CAN BE EASILY DISCARDED AFTER USE.

    EACH SOLDIER WILL BE ISSUED WITH TWO SUITS, WHICH HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF FOLDING UP SMALL ENOUGH TO BE CARRIED IN THE POCKET. THESE SUITS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE SOLDIER FROM EVERYTHING, EXCEPT DIRECT NUCLEAR ATTACK, ARE NOW IN PRODUCTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2A4SYBBNBLCK6H3PLNRIYQ504
    Media URN:
    VLVA2A4SYBBNBLCK6H3PLNRIYQ504
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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