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Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 8:10 a.m. PST

Did French battalion (gun) artillery crews wear the battalion uniform, or the standard artillery uniform?



bruntonboy24 Aug 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

My understanding is that the French didn't have battalion guns but did have large numbers of light guns that were allocated to the infantry as close support as required- effectively the same effect as a battalion gun. I suspect the specialist crew members were therefore from the artillery and with support from "told off" infantrymen to provide the muscle.

idontbelieveit24 Aug 2017 11:43 a.m. PST

IIRC there were two artillery uniforms for the French. I don't have my sources with me though. Maybe different uniforms for crews of field guns and siege guns?

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

I think French artillery crew wore Grey coats, red waistcoat, trousers and stockings, with silver buttons. Bombardiers in the WSS probably wore the same, but in the earlier part of Louis XIV reign, bombardiers seem to have worn a silver and red aiguillette on the right shoulder.
The French gunners were Fusilier gunners until 1729, when they were combined with the Bombadiers to form the Royal Artillery.
As such, I dont think your gunners are going to look massively different to many of your infantry!


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