Paratrooper capitaine Tourret giving orders at Tu Lé. This picture illustrates the diversity of units operating under French command. Local regiments were splitted by ethnic groups to avoid conflicts : Thaï, Mhongs, Laotian, Vietnamese, Siamese etc…
Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara on a visit to Germany in Kiel harbour, May 1937. Pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee is behind. Ashigara was sunk by British submarine HMS Trenchant in June 1945: Graf Spee was scuttled after the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939.
Vietnamese airborne - French Indochina war, pin by Paolo Marzioli
JIN Chikuma (筑摩 重巡洋艦) - Tone class cruiser - Commissioned: 20 May 1939 - Displacement: 11,213 tons (standard); 15,443 (final) Length: 189.1 m (620 ft 5 in) Beam: 19.4 m (63 ft 8 in) Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) Propulsion: 4-shaft Gihon oil geared turbines 8 boilers 152,000 shp Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h) Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) @ 18 knots (33 km/h) Complement: 874 - 20 April 1945 Scuttled 25 October 1944 after Battle off Samar