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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

"When German forces invaded France and Belgium in 1914 there were many in France that welcomed the opportunity to wipe away the humiliation of 1870-71. However it soon became evident that the Army, damaged by political agendas, weak governments and scandals such as the Dreyfus Affair, was not as powerful and impressive as many had expected, and the coming of war highlighted many deficiencies, as wars always do. An attack-minded attitude at the expense of common sense caused thousands of soldiers to die in brave but disastrous charges against machine guns and rifle fire, while old-fashioned uniforms and obsolescent weapons only added to the misery. The shock of war, and the inability to turn back the invader, would quickly bring much change to the French Army, and several sets of figures have been made covering the middle and later parts of the war. However this set from Caesar is only the second to depict the men who fought in the first year of the conflict, when many hopes for a short and decisive war were dashed…."




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rufouswargamer30 Oct 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

The kepis have rather high crowns and I think that the gaiters are a bit tall as well. However they look like a good basis for converting into Tirailleurs Senegalais:





Grumble8710625 Dec 2017 5:58 p.m. PST

The first set to depict early war French infantry was from HaT Industrie. link

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