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French TAP M-56

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    Default French TAP M-56

    my M56 TAP with the "salade" camo cover
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture French TAP M-56   French TAP M-56  

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    very nice indeed BG
    Last edited by James C; 05-15-2016 at 08:31 PM.

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    Just to add my example to the threadFrench TAP M-56

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread but how common were Tap 56 helmets in the algerian war? Also what variants were used?

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    These "chapeau en peau de locomotive" (Train skin hat) weren't used on a daily basis but commonly used during operations.
    Maybe unkwon but several TAP landing occured during the conflict

    Helmets were most often the french type, either TAP 56 or TTA 51 (Even for some TAP troups).

    At the begining of the conflct French M26 and US helmets were still in used. Rapidly changed by mid 50. USM1 were then kept mostly by officers to differenciate or older soldier to "show" their "experience.


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    Hello bruno so the tap 56 was used in algeria? I have a few original photos of the gilles type being used in the 1959-1962 period

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    Yes it was
    The Gilles production is a local modification done on TTA 51 on 2000 helmets in order to povide helmets to the troops as the Mle 56 wasn't produced before 58, initialy by modifying TTA 51 and then directly from the factory.
    Usually you can find stamps from 1959 and after. I was mentioned once a 58 stamps but I never saw one. The only from 58 I saw is the one I shown with a refurbish stamp.
    That said, the helmet was of course used but the most comon headgear for TAPs was the "casquette Bigeard"


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