I just got back from the war and over the next few days will be sharing some stories, anecdotes, etc, about my time there.
I'd like to start with this little tidbit: According to soldiers that I spoke with, the French army still isn't all that partial to fighting.
Time and again I heard stories of French soldiers coming
under fire while working with
The French, rather than getting out and fighting or driving
through to safety, tried to pull a u-turn(!), nearly colliding with the
"I almost shot them myself," said the lieutenant. "We were trapped because the French vehicles were now facing the wrong way. Meanwhile, one of our vehicles in the rear had been hit, so couldn't move."
The lieutenant called in air support, which gave him time to sort out the vehicles and get moving again. You can bet, however, that he wasn't calling on Mirage pilots to bail him out.
I have heard dozens of stories like this. I admit that I never saw them in action, and the French soldiers that I met were all friendly. Still, it's hard to take any warrior seriously who wears a hat like this. That link will take you to a photo captioned as: "French ISAF soldiers try to catch a goat for vaccination." Maybe they should just stick to that kind of stuff.