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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 8:08 p.m. PST

"Jagdpanther from sPzJgAbt 654 captured near Colmar town in Alsace, late January 1945…"


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Gunner Dunbar25 Aug 2017 4:10 a.m. PST

Very nice dio, did French troops have this uniform in 1945? I thought they wore US style uniforms, but late war French is not my strongpoint.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 9:51 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend! (smile)

The uniforms are right…


Mark 125 Aug 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

The uniforms are right…

Are they?

To my eye, it appears that the figures are wearing 1940 French uniforms, but carrying 1945 US-provided weapons.

I also have the impression that French troops in 1945 were more often in US-provided uniforms, although perhaps adorned with some trappings of French 1940 kit. So Adrian helmets, or French navy caps might be seen, but on top of M41 or M43 jackets, etc.

Were there really units that were fully equipped with French 1940 uniforms, right down to the puttees, in action in 1945?

(aka: Mk 1)

RitterKrieg Inactive Member26 Aug 2017 4:26 p.m. PST

Mark, I think your right – though the Free French of '45 wore US issue puttees and overcoats; these infantry are decked out in French garb from 39-40. All wrong.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

Not exactly rigged out for winter either (OK the French had a history for that, but not a scarf or even a pair of gloves to go around?)

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