I read in this French blog that before the battle of Mogadishu in 1993, French soldiers did fight successfully and manage to achieve their mission in June 1992 during the Oryx Operation (They were sent to help Pakistani troops that were ambushed).
I've never read anything about this event, and sometimes french military history tends to consider everything as a victory. Is there articles or books on this particular event ?
The link of the blog article can be found here. It is written in French language.
It explains approximately what was the main differences between the French and the American way of doing things and compare those two battles.
- The French CO (Commanding officer) was on the field whereas the American CO was at the CP monitoring the situation with video-camera
- French troops tend to avoid heavy supporting fire in the middle of civil area and therefore they are able to save their ammo much longer.
- American soldier stayed in the streets, the most dangerous place in urban combat