The operation, entrusted to the Foreign Legion, was carefully prepared. The vehicles were prepared with reinforced suspension, with the addition of 4 cross plates per vehicle, larger drinking water tanks etc.
A technical support team accompanied the trial, using Berliet Gazelle and GLR 8 Trucks. The aim of this operation was to carry men and equipment, to demonstrate the French presence and to publicise the Foreign Legion, thanks to the participation of photographers from the SCA (Army cinematography service) who produced news reports. Around a hundred people participated in the trial which proved the strength of the EBR supplied by Panhard.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…
Book: Pierre Touzin, French armoured vehicles, EPA, 1978