Video: Great moments in French(?) military history

posted at 5:48 pm on February 14, 2007 by Allahpundit

The debate’s raging in the comments at LiveLeak: are they French or French Canadian? Because this is a lot more or less funny depending on what the answer is.

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are they French or French Canadian?

Neither of those groups are known for their military brilliance in recent years…

ScottMcC on February 14, 2007 at 5:52 PM

One of the funniest bloopers I have ever seen. I was expecting blow back from the rocks around them. It is the first time I have ever seen a hand-to-hand rocket attack.

Limerick on February 14, 2007 at 5:54 PM

They’re from France. Check out the uniforms…Canadian helmets, for example are loke US, and the uniforms are pixelated.

Blaise on February 14, 2007 at 5:56 PM

To correct ScottMcC the Canadian Military despite decades of funding cuts and, until now, government indifference and hostility, is currently kicking major Taliban ass in Afghanistan.

Those soldiers are French, by the way.

MoxArgon on February 14, 2007 at 5:59 PM

They shouldn’t play with TOW type weapons before they read the instructions…

Zorro on February 14, 2007 at 5:59 PM

they are canadians. the aboot in the beginning gives it away.

lorien1973 on February 14, 2007 at 6:03 PM

I was expecting blow back from the rocks around them. It is the first time I have ever seen a hand-to-hand rocket attack.

Half way through, I figured he’d be holding the thing backwards or something. I didn’t expect it to just fall out of the barrel though.

lorien1973 on February 14, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Laugh out loud funny.

They are clearly French.

And yeah, ScottMc’s knowledge of the military is right up there with this comedy knowledge. I served with Canadian troops more than once. Their government and much of their population may be limp-wristed pantywaists … but their military is professional, dedicated, and dangerous.

Which – again – is why I know these people were French.

At least I learned something: apparently “standby” in French is … “standby.”

Professor Blather on February 14, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Clearly those men are Creole. And that was one of those clever “voodoo” rockets. Clearly.

Or was that a clip from the new FoxNews sitcom?

Oh wait, no laugh track.

robblefarian on February 14, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Their uniforms look like CADPAT. So probably Canuks.

Iblis on February 14, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Modern French troops, not their Kevlar helmets.
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/world/w081471.jpg

Canuks in Afghanistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1935000/images/_1937217_canadiansoldiers300.jpg

Iblis on February 14, 2007 at 6:22 PM

I have a bumper sticker on my car that says “My Honor Student beat up France”

Mortis on February 14, 2007 at 6:26 PM

That’s “note” their helmets

Iblis on February 14, 2007 at 6:28 PM

ALLAHPUNDIT! I am so greatly honored that you posted the link I linked to as a story. I feel like I’ve won a victory for the French Canadians.

Vincenzo on February 14, 2007 at 6:29 PM

French or French Canadian

Same thing…

The Frogs are complete suck-holes, spineless and obviously inept as well. Nature has been attempting to wipe them from the map for years and we (America) have been standing in nature’s way. (See WWII, WWI, French Wine Market) I say we let nature take it’s course in the future.

x95b10 on February 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Wolverine would not approve of these canuckle heads.

Savage on February 14, 2007 at 6:31 PM

BA HA HA HA.

Hmmm, Must have been made by a french Manufacturer… I hear that Airbus is having similar problems with “failures to launch” in regards to other products.

Jones Zemkophill on February 14, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Heh.

Neo on February 14, 2007 at 6:59 PM

They are French Canadian.

The soldiers’ weapon, camouflage pattern, helmets, helmet bands, flak vests, even the specific type of sandbags used… are all Canadian. What most especially gives it away is the red and white Canadian flag patch on the gunner’s left arm.

The small size of said patch is also correct for Canada, incorrect for France (French shoulder patch is larger, has three colours, and is a different shape).

Christoph on February 14, 2007 at 7:08 PM

I have served with both Canadian and French troops. They are the patriots of their nations. Why is it that bashing American troops is bad, but bashing Canadian and French troops isn’t?

BTW, it’s not funny when an anti-tank missile misfires. It comes out of the tube mostly armed and can detonate on the self-destruct command.

Funny how you idiots will laugh at people who serve their nation and not at who funds their weapons.

Most of you posting on this subject are pathetic.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 7:16 PM

The weapon they are attempting to fire is an ERYX

rightside on February 14, 2007 at 7:21 PM

It sounds like Quebecois-french to me, not French-french, so I’m going with Canuckians.

shaken on February 14, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Speaking as a bilingual Canuckistani, they are clearly French-Canadian soldiers. The joual accent is clear, and you can hear the joual swearing “esti” at the end.

Quebec is full of “pacifist” scum, but the French-Canadian units have excellent traditions of serving and performing. Their political culture is disgusting – former Prime Minister Trudeau sat out WWII and rode around Montreal wearing a swastika as he wrote fascist tracts for hardcore Franco-Catholic groups – but the troops are great.

But for Quebec, Canada is just as rightwing as the US and as supportive of the GWoT. Canada would have been in Iraq except for Quebec politics.

libertarianuberalles on February 14, 2007 at 7:32 PM

CONTENTS: 1 (one) Acme Anti-Tank Rocket.
(Propellant Not Included)

TugboatPhil on February 14, 2007 at 7:37 PM

B

TW, it’s not funny when an anti-tank missile misfires. It comes out of the tube mostly armed and can detonate on the self-destruct command.

Funny how you idiots will laugh at people who serve their nation and not at who funds their weapons.

Most of you posting on this subject are pathetic.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 7:16 PM

What a puffed-up clown you are. Watch the vid again. Even they are laughing. Of course it’s funny.

Stephen M on February 14, 2007 at 7:54 PM

What a puffed-up clown you are. Watch the vid again. Even they are laughing. Of course it’s funny.

Yeah, watch them run on the same video. I may be a “puffed-up clown” but you are an ignorant moron who hasn’t a clue of the dangers of ordnance.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 7:58 PM

I hearby declare the video funny and decree it permissible to laugh.

Kralizec on February 14, 2007 at 8:05 PM

If someone would have been wounded or killed it would not have been funny…otherwise its funny.

EnochCain on February 14, 2007 at 8:10 PM

This is what the Eryx looks like when it works.

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/6_1_1_1.asp?id=780

alflauren on February 14, 2007 at 8:12 PM

This video was funny! Canadian I think, and now we see why they rely on the US for their defense.

Really amusing how incompetent they and their equipment are, especially when it becomes apparent that we are so despised in Canada.

omegaram on February 14, 2007 at 8:15 PM

Even their weapons surrender.

fogw on February 14, 2007 at 8:24 PM

omegaram, USA is not despised in Canada. It is despised by the the sphere around the LPC. Many, many Canadians respect and admire the USA. Remember that there are these friends in Canada who love liberty every bit as much as their American neighbors.

shaken on February 14, 2007 at 8:26 PM

BTW,I have nothing against the Canadians…The French on the other hand…

EnochCain on February 14, 2007 at 8:41 PM

I had a French teacher (from France) in college tell me that the Canadians don’t speak “French”, they speak “Gutter French”. This is French being spoken.

They probably spent millions of Euros inventing a weapon that gives you an excuse to run like hell.

Le Plopper

Hening on February 14, 2007 at 8:41 PM

This is what the Eryx looks like when it works.

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/6_1_1_1.asp?id=780

Impressive against cardboard :)

lorien1973 on February 14, 2007 at 8:42 PM

BTW, it’s not funny when an anti-tank missile misfires. It comes out of the tube mostly armed and can detonate on the self-destruct command.

Funny how you idiots will laugh at people who serve their nation and not at who funds their weapons.

Most of you posting on this subject are pathetic.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 7:16 PM

Oh come now don’t be rude.

Some of my younger siblings are Army Engineers/EOD and their stories would have anyone rolling with laughter.

Now such tales aren’t funny if someone gets hurt,

OBVIOUSLY.

But when those involved come out unscathed, they’re hilarious.

That is what we call “Using humor to deal with a terrifying situation.”

As for your claim of “having served” with soldiers, I find that hard to believe if you don’t understand the “gallows humor” that comes from being exposed to dangerous situations.

Whenever someone I know gets back from a deployment, and you ask how the deployment went, the first stories anyone tells you are the funny ones.

They usually start out with “Well, one time….” and end with laughter.

So don’t be rude. after all, Laughter is truly the best medicine.

Jones Zemkophill on February 14, 2007 at 8:48 PM

As for your claim of “having served” with soldiers, I find that hard to believe if you don’t understand the “gallows humor” that comes from being exposed to dangerous situations.

“Don’t be rude”? I’d bet I’m one of the few on this thread that actually served. I wasn’t bashing the soldiers in the video, I was bashing the idiots bashing them.

And you question my service? I have nothing to prove to you. There are many here, including the owner who know who and what I am.

KMA.

Again, I am reminded why posting here is such a waste of time.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM

How you say… I got to change my pants!

Hill frakkin lairious. In a serious nervous laughter way, too.

Does ANYONE know where this can be dowloaded?

Mazztek on February 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM

I find that hard to believe if you don’t understand the “gallows humor” that comes from being exposed to dangerous situations.

Jones Zemkophill on February 14, 2007 at 8:48 PM

I have said before “only 3 F-15’s I worked on crashed.”

I wasn’t bashing the soldiers in the video, I was bashing the idiots bashing them.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM

I don’t think anyone was bashing the soldiers in the video, instead they were laughing at the stereotype that the French are “cheese eating surrender monkeys.”

While I am not up to speed on mud-to-mud missiles, I laughed at the video, even though it looked like it was a malfunction of the missile not the soldiers involved. In fact to the soldiers credit they ran like hell when they saw what happened.

F15Mech on February 14, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Again, I am reminded why posting here is such a waste of time.

Well move on and stop wasting your time here, Jacka$$. First, let me break this down. It’s not that they’re French soldiers it’s that they are Frogs period. I lived in Germany (one hour from the Frog border) and I have been France more times than I care to remember. Every time I had the misfortune of crossing the border, the “average” Frog never missed an opportunity to be a jerk. They’re rude, obnoxious, lazy gits. That’s a fact.

x95b10 on February 14, 2007 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, watch them run on the same video. I may be a “puffed-up clown” but you are an ignorant moron who hasn’t a clue of the dangers of ordnance.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 7:58 PM

Bomb Doctor,

Of course UXO’s are dangerous, no one is saying otherwise.

In the video, it appears everyone escaped with no harm done.

Since no harm was done people tend to bleed off stress with humor. (Think back to some comments made by your peers after a successful but stressful UXO disposal).

If you have some “inside” knowledge about the video where people were injured/killed please let us know and I bet you any comments on this thread would turn to sympathy and any jokes would cease.

Until that time laugh a bit.

F15Mech on February 14, 2007 at 10:04 PM

“Don’t be rude”? I’d bet I’m one of the few on this thread that actually served. I wasn’t bashing the soldiers in the video, I was bashing the idiots bashing them.

And you question my service? I have nothing to prove to you. There are many here, including the owner who know who and what I am.

KMA.

Again, I am reminded why posting here is such a waste of time.

Bomb Doctor on February 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM

That of which I am not certain, I always question.

I do not know you. so I question all you purport to be ESPECIALLY when it conflicts with my existing knowledgebase.

Now I mean no offense by this, it is simply that which must be done when faced with the nature of the internet.

As you say, I do not know “Who and what you are” only that you seem to be insulting people who found the video amusing.

And then you chose to tell me to Kiss your arse.

A most impressive display of maturity and oratory skill.

Congratulations in proving me wrong in my request to cease being rude.

Jones Zemkophill on February 14, 2007 at 10:04 PM

BD, come on. We know that bad accidents happen and that this is serious stuff. But how can you not laugh at that; it’s so damned funny.

Whoever called the Acme anti-missile, some propellant required just nailed. Wile E. Coyote in camo. I’m still laughing…

Jaibones on February 14, 2007 at 11:35 PM

How do we know that they are NOT Cajun French troops — like trying to take back New Orleans after Katrina?

Like Jaibones says, Wyle E. Coyote (super genius) would be proud.

CyberCipher on February 14, 2007 at 11:46 PM

I served. 1985-2006

And with that “absolute moral authority card” waving around I’ll just say this (and it’s an attempt at humor):

Three times have the French won anything:
1) A 13 year old girl was leading them (Joan of Arc)
2) A Corsican was leading them (Napoleon)
3) They were fighting themselves (French Revolution)

Did you hear about the French garrison that surrendered?

Yeah, well seems it was located right next to Euro-Disney and late one night Euro-Disney was celebrating something and fired off a bunch of fireworks and the garrison thought it was being attacked and came running out of their base and surrendered to Euro-Disney!

On a serious note, I had a buddy that was in France on vacation a few years ago (he was a Army Reservist and a NY State Trooper). He ran into a bunch of French cops and they took him back to their station. When he walked in he saw a huge poster of the WTC and a large American flag on the wall.

I’ve worked with the French military (I have French jumpwings) and can say for the most part they are not like their weak-minded, liberal civilians. I don’t recall ever working with the Canadians so I couldn’t say.

armyvet on February 14, 2007 at 11:56 PM

To defend the Cajun French troops, most of them were in the other half of the state and picked up quite nicely after Rita. At least nobody got killed by the UXO…

shooten on February 15, 2007 at 12:13 AM

Hmmm, Must have been made by a french Manufacturer… I hear that Airbus is having similar problems with “failures to launch” in regards to other products.

Failures to launch. . .hmmm. Were you referring to ze low French birthrate?

smellthecoffee on February 15, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Failures to launch. . .hmmm. Were you referring to ze low French birthrate?

smellthecoffee on February 15, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Seh Franch sometimes skeep seh launch, making up for it wiz a big dinneh.

Shy Guy on February 15, 2007 at 3:17 AM

My money is on Canucks. The real frogs wouldn’t be any where near combat.

oakpack on February 15, 2007 at 7:48 AM

Bomb Doctors’ comments were about effective as the mud to mud missile.
Please there are plenty of bloggers here that have served, and maybe a few that have lost some loved ones, don’t denegrate their service, enjoy the humor or turn the page.

And thanks for your service, it must have been miserable.

right2bright on February 15, 2007 at 8:13 AM

For some reason I can’t get the video to come up. This happens often, usually with ones I really want to see. Any ideas?

Bobber on February 15, 2007 at 9:14 AM

I don;t know, guys. I think we gave up our French bashing permit.. Monsieur Cheese eating surrender monkey, meet Mr Burger eating surrender monkey.

dhimwit on February 15, 2007 at 10:41 AM

1) A 13 year old girl was leading them (Joan of Arc)

I hate to kill your joke, but I’m pretty sure she was seventeen. On the other hand, I believe the French did later burn her at the stake for witchcraft, so it seems possible that even they knew how unnatural it was that someone could lead them to victory.

Wolfman on February 15, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Bobber: Make sure you have Java scripts turned on and that you have the latest version of Flash Player. This page might help. I had similar trouble recently and had to uninstall and reinstall Flash Player.

Re: Joan of Arc. She was about 12 or 13 when she started receiving visions but she was 16 or 17 at the time of the battle of Orleans. (She doesn’t seem to have known her own birthdate so ages are necessarily approximate.)

JackOfClubs on February 15, 2007 at 8:29 PM