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Bob in Edmonton29 Nov 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

Can anyone recommend a good book or website on how the French Resistance was organized?

Specifically interested in knowing how the resistance structured cells, maintained secrecy, and organized actions. Basically a "how to" kind of book

Not interested in general histories or batreps.

thanks kindly

Bob

Gonsalvo02 Dec 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

The bug strikes again! Will re-post!

tuscaloosa Inactive Member02 Dec 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

I'd like to move towards the Peninsula from Central Europe, and I have some basic questions:

- British Light troops (with the exception of the Rifles) look like they have pretty much the same uniforms as Line. Is this correct? What were the differences?

- Did British Guard regiments wear the same uniform as line infantry, with the only distinction being the regimental facing colors?

- I see major manufacturers like Essex don't even carry Portuguese figures. Is this because they wore British-supplied uniforms, and therefore Brit infantry figures can be used for Portuguese infantry? Surely the lights, etc were different?

- What kind of uniforms did the Spanish regiment(s) fighting for King Joseph wear? The earlier uniform of circa 1808, worn by the force that went to northern Europe? Or French-supplied shakos etc, like French units? Bearskins and uniform like the Old Guard for Joseph's Guard, or different?

- 9lbers were horse artillery or foot artillery? Were there frequently 9lbers present in the Peninsula, or did they serve just at Waterloo?

Thanks in advance.

tuscaloosa Inactive Member02 Dec 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Hmmm, I posted that as the first posting for a new topic, sorry it ended up as a follow-on posting to someone else's deleted posting. Oh well.

4th Cuirassier02 Dec 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

- British Light troops (with the exception of the Rifles) look like they have pretty much the same uniforms as Line. Is this correct? What were the differences?

Lights all had shoulder wings instead of just the flank companies having them, plus they never seem to have discarded the stovepipe shako.

- Did British Guard regiments wear the same uniform as line infantry, with the only distinction being the regimental facing colors?

Pretty much. They reversed the placing of the colours in the line, as well. Oh, and they were much bigger.

- I see major manufacturers like Essex don't even carry Portuguese figures. Is this because they wore British-supplied uniforms, and therefore Brit infantry figures can be used for Portuguese infantry? Surely the lights, etc were different?

Yes they were. The most obvious difference is that the Portuguese started out in the barretina Belgic-like false fronted shako and switched to the stovepipe style whereas the British did the reverse, but with the lights there are also things like gaiter and cuff style that are different. I don't think the same figures would work much above 6mm.

- 9lbers were horse artillery or foot artillery? Were there frequently 9lbers present in the Peninsula, or did they serve just at Waterloo?

In the Peninsula foot had 9-pounders and horse 6-pounder although there was no doctrinal reason for this and provided you had the horses RHA could easily have had 9-pounders. I am pretty sure foot also occasionally had 6-pounders for the same reason.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 5:16 p.m. PST

What kind of uniforms did the Spanish regiment(s) fighting for King Joseph wear? The earlier uniform of circa 1808, worn by the force that went to northern Europe? Or French-supplied shakos etc, like French units? Bearskins and uniform like the Old Guard for Joseph's Guard, or different?

None in the earlier uniform for King Joseph. Joseph's Guard infantry dressed like the French Guard but IIRC with buff trousers. Other infantry wore French-supplied stuff, but some with a hat rather than a shako. Some pictures here:

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Edwulf02 Dec 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

Yes. At 6mm you can paint British as Portuguese to great effect.

At 28mm I think the differences would be pronounced to anyone who had read up on the subject.

My 6mm Portuguese are stovepipe British.

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