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    French Morane Saulnier MS 406

    Finnish fighter Moran-Saulnier Ms.406 at the airport

    Morane-Saulnier Type N

    Morane-Saulnier MS-406. French WWII fighter.

    Morane-Saulnier MS-406. French WWII fighter.

    French Morane -Saulnier MS 406 fighters straight from Bouguennais are prepared for service at an Armee de l'Air unit in the autumn of 1939. The MS 406 was as numerous as the Bf109E in spring 1940.

    Upon declaration of war, the Morane-Saulnier MS-406 remained the spearhead of the French fighter groups. This aircraft, which, however, dated from 1937, was totally outclassed by the Bf-109; it had no other advantage that its maneuverability. In September 1939, twelve groups were still flying on MS-406s.

    WWII: French resistance fighter, with Bren gun.

    French soldiers in a bunker on the Maginot Line surrendering in 1940 to German soldiers.

    Moraine-Saulnier/FFW D3801 (HB-RCF) based at Bex, Switzerland. Painted in the colours of MS 406C1 French Armee de l'Air May 1940. Cambrai airshow 2010.

    The MS-406 was the main fighter for the French air force in spring 1940

    French occupation 1940

    Morane Saulnier-406, Fighter, French, WWII

    A Morane Saulnier MS 406 of the French Armee de l` Air, restored and airworthy in the colours of Groupe de Chasse ( fighter group ) " Cicogne " ( Storks ), which operated this fighter type before and during the Battle of France ( 1940 ).

    French jew (soldier?) prisoner of war. France June 1940.

    "Blanchette", nickname of one of the about 200 Fench volounteers that after the Italian armistice joined the RSI and enlisted in the Xa MAS. They were grouped in a company of the Fulmine battalion, the Volontari di Francia company.

    Blown bridge somewhere in northern France,1940.French Panhard armored car (foreground).I'm not familiar with the trucks on the bridge.

    Wilhelm Keitel at the French surrender, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940. (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-1982-0809-503)

    Wilhelm Keitel in front of the rail car that hosted the German surrender of 1918 and would soon host the French surrender of 1940, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940. (German Federal Archive: B 145 Bild-P50287)

    A 2nd Lt. with a MAS 38 machinepistol, or SMG. The MAS 38 was an unusual weapon: due to the tendency of recoil to lift the barrel and throw off the shooters aim, the designers had the barrel slanted slightly downwards. The weapon saw limited use in 1940.