• Short Summary

    'OPERATION MONT BLANC' IS A SUCCESS. AND SIX HUNDRED SOLDIERS OF FRANCE'S ALPINE BRIGADE ARE?

  • Description

    'OPERATION MONT BLANC' IS A SUCCESS. AND SIX HUNDRED SOLDIERS OF FRANCE'S ALPINE BRIGADE ARE GLAD IT IS ALL OVER. THE MEN, IN TWO GROUPS OF 300, SPENT MONDAY (30 JUNE) AND TUESDAY (1 JULY) CLIMBING EUROPE'S HIGHEST PEAK-IN THE FRENCH ALPS- A FEAT NORMALLY ONLY ATTEMPTED BY EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS.

    THE OPERATION WAS DESIGNED TO SHOW THE SOLDIERS THE MOST EXTREME CONDITIONS THEY WERE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE IN THEIR TASK OF DEFENDING FRANCE'S ALPINE BORDER. THEY DID THE CLIMB IN FULL COMBAT EQUIPMENT WITH ALL THEIR WEAPONS.

    THE FIRST GROUP, FROM THE 13TH BATTALION OF ALPINE TROOPS, STATIONED AT CHAMONIX, ARRIVED AT THE TOP OF MONT BLANC ON MONDAY, AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT IN TENTS AT AN ALTITUDE OF 3,050 METRES (10,000 FT).

    AS THEY DESCENDED EARLY ON TUESDAY, THEY MET THE SECOND GROUP, FROM 7TH BATTALION, ON THEIR WAY UP FROM THEIR BASE AT BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE.

    GENERAL ETCHEVERY, COMMANDER OF THE FRENCH ARMY ALPINE DIVISION, SUPERVISED THE PROCEEDING PERSONALLY. WEEKS OF PLANNING HAD GONE INTO THE PREPARATION OF THE EXERCISE.

    ALTHOUGH THE MEN WERE ONLY DRAFTEES, DOING THEIR NATIONAL MILITARY SERVICE-THEY INCLUDED THE BARMAN OF THE OFFICERS' CLUB AT 27 ALPINE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS, WHO HAD BEGGED GENERAL ETCHEVERY TO LET HIM TAKE PART-THERE WERE FEW CASUALTIES. ONLY SIX MEN HAD TO BE LIFTED OFF BY THE HELICOPTER THAT HOVERED CONTINUOUSLY IN CASE OF TROUBLE. MOST OF THEM WERE MOUNTAIN SICK, BUT THERE WERE A FEW MINOR INJURIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA81CYK4B1QK9U9NNVD217IPEOI
    Media URN:
    VLVA81CYK4B1QK9U9NNVD217IPEOI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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