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Garth9910 Dec 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

I hope someone can help me as I know very little about this period. I am building a French Indian War army (French and British) and was wondering if the uniforms would be the same for the seven year war.


JimDuncanUK10 Dec 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Looks like you have a great deal of reading to do.

Many of the troops from mainland Europe, British, French, German wore roughly the same uniform but with subtle differences. Leggings would be a good example.

Equipment would be similar but different like tomahawks issued. Fighting styles and tactics would be different again.

Many, if not all of the local troops, Indians, French Canadians never went to Europe.

So get on reading.

I can maybe recommend some books but they are out in hut and its minus seven just now so I ain't going out tonight.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2017 12:07 a.m. PST

Facebook SYW groups are a lot of help, if that is a lot of help?

Porthos11 Dec 2017 3:38 a.m. PST

For the Seven Years War see this site: link

historygamer11 Dec 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

What scale?

seneffe11 Dec 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

No Germans (at least in distinct German units- although the 60th Foot had a lot of Germans in it!) in the FIW.

But basically, the French and British in America and Europe were governed by exactly the same uniform regulations- which were then modified in both theatres (especially America) by the troops and their local commanders.

As far as service in America was concerned, I would say that the fresher off the boat and the closer the distance to the main garrisons that European troops were, the closer they would conform to standard European regulations. So yes- certainly some troops could be depicted in the European issue uniforms more or less regulation fashion- depending on the scenario/date.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

Troops with leggings and hatchets wouldn't be used in Europe, but troops without them could be fresh of the good ship Repple Depple over here.

khanscom11 Dec 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

"The French Soldier in Colonial America" by Rene Chartrand should prove useful. I think I got my copy from Dixie Gun Works. There was apparently a different uniform for the regiments that were sent to America from metropolitan France (facing colors, etc.-- not necessarily a noticeably different cut).

My French 25mm are from RAFM and came with a brief color guide.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

I just flipped thru my copy of Chartrand's book and see that it has no color plates other than the front cover. It is entirely illustrated in black & white.

historygamer12 Dec 2017 6:23 a.m. PST

I believe the Metropolitan troops (French regular army) largely kept to regulation look. None served farther south than Fort Niagara. I suspect by 1760 they probably looked a bit worn due to shortage of supplies.

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