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The "borrowing" of the American ideas by the French was mainly connected with post-war unification of military standards for footwear, apparel and equipment by the Western allies. In France, the beginning of this process was initiated in 1944, during the creation of the new post-war French Armed Forces. At the same period the French had been using widely vast variety of British and American military stuff. Further on, the French managed to established their own production of similar equipment.
The term "Ranger" itself nowadays is strongly associated with BMJA 65 boots,
but originally they were referred to the boots model 1952 (Brodequin de Marche à Jambière Attenante (BMJA) Mle 52), also known as "Rangers marrons" ("Brown Rangers"), which en masse began available in the French Armed Forces since 1956.
Since "Free France" and its "Free French Forces" (French: "La France Libre" et "Forces françaises libres (FFL)") were supported supplied by the Anglo-American allies, for example, the French paratroopers widely used the US M43 boots (model 1943), the American and British influence can be clearly traced in many French post-war models of uniforms and equipment.
At first the French just used the American-made M43 boots, and then they began to produce the own copies of these boots
Further on, the French version of American M43 military boots was adopted in the year 1952, having embodied the ideas and innovations developed by the French, especially concerning the materials and the method of out-sole attachment, new advanced sole tread patterns, details and material of the boot top. Only the general concept and design of leather cuff with two straps and buckles, along with color shades (from beige to brown) were retained from the American prototype.
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