Our allies, however, see us differently than we might believe, if one only reads the MSM papers or watches the news.
Of all our allies, the French take the most hits in our collective consciousness, being seen as somewhat craven and prone to retreat. However, once again we must look beyond the propaganda organs of our dominant media, and read something that they themselves write to really get an idea of how they see us.
Go here to read a report done by a French infantry soldier, and translated to English, on how they see us after sharing battle space with our men and women.
Read it all, but here is a good excerpt:
"And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seems to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square meter wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight focused in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark – only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a soldier on the move. Same with the vehicles whose lights are covered – everything happens in pitch dark even filling the fuel tanks with the Japy pump.
And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all – always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later – which cuts any pussyfooting short."
Great stuff, through and through, and not what we are used to hearing.