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Évolution du soutien santé de la légion étrangère parachutiste de 1948 à nos jours

Abstract : Purpose: French foreign legion paratroopers battalions were created in 1948. In Indochina, the command of those paratroopers units quickly became aware of the Health support necessity. On battlefield, Health platoon led by a medical officer would organize medical service. Materials and Methods: Most of the known databases is derived from Department of Defense archives. In order to present the most relevant facts of French foreign legion paratrooper units and their support, 4 main periods have been pointed out. Each conflicts have therefore been treated through 3 to 5 operations, each reflecting the engagements of battalions and regiments. Results: Through the amount of operations, medical staff headcount varies. Over the conflicts, Medical staff has shown its dependency either on its own supports than on its evacuation methods. In conflict, Losses incurred to these battalions and regiments have to be interpreted according to military constraints, tactics and context. Conclusion: For the past 67 years, French foreign legion paratrooper medical staff has been directly engaged alongside fighters. At all times, the Medical corps has been served by a self-improving and involved personnel. Since 1948, the dynamic established by the foreign legion paratrooper medical support has been a major asset for the command and for the combatant.
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François Morin. Évolution du soutien santé de la légion étrangère parachutiste de 1948 à nos jours. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01201970⟩



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