During the International Army Show there is a reenactment of the French
SAS. The parachutists of the French SAS largely came from the former foreign
legion, the legendary (British) SAS regiment of David Stirling and later strengthened
with former members of the Maquis (French resistance). French SAS members were
generally no normal troops, a feature that came in handy because they were
constantly operating behind enemy lines. The name "a group of bandits in
uniform" was in given because of its ingenuity and holding it self
standing in enemy territory without any form of contact with the headquarters.
In addition, General de Gaulle was not on the Priority List regarding supply,
so most materials and weapons were borrowed, stolen and / or taken elsewhere.
As far as the armor was concerned, these SAS parachutists had different types
of small arms, both British and American brands: the US M-1 carabiner with or
without flap, Thompson submachine guns, Stengun and Bren-machinegun. There were
even some of these parachutes equipped with the new Sterling submachine that
was developed in 1944. During the Army Show these reenactments will portray
everyday life as French SAS.
Weapons taken from the Germans were later used and even weapons borrowed from local resistance. During WW.2, the French SAS also regularly used armored jeeps for quick hit and run attacks on German colonies. The SAS missions were always dangerous and the loss of the SAS soldiers was very high.
They were helped in enemy territory by the resistance because they knew the area well.