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HappyHussar21 Jan 2018 8:57 p.m. PST

I am trying to find out if the French ligne fusiliers used the shako or the bicorne in the 1807 campaign. Was the shako a standard issue headgear by this time?

Battle Phlox21 Jan 2018 10:37 p.m. PST

The Bicorne would have been more typical for line infantry during the 1807 campaign. Some units did have shakos and were also probably also issued white coats instead of blue.

Artilleryman22 Jan 2018 2:02 a.m. PST

Yes, apart from the white uniformed battalions, ligne fusiliers and voltigeurs would have been in bicornes in 1807.

nsolomon9922 Jan 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

The transition wasn't even complete by the time of the 1809 Campaign.

von Winterfeldt22 Jan 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

go for the hat for most line units.

Marcel180922 Jan 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

The nice thing about 1807 as a wargamer, is that you can use different uniforms in one army for your French, some units in white with various colours of facings, most in the old style blue with bicorne (chapeau) and some already in the shako with blue coats, you might even mingle some in the same unit but that does not look visually well unless you use large units. alternatively, put the whole lot in beige:greyish overcoats for the Eylau campaing…

HappyHussar22 Jan 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

Thanks for the great input here, folks! :)

Its pretty much as I thought. Priority of the shako was being given to the regiments that were getting the white uniforms. The other regiments had to wait until they got their white uniform BUT those were cancelled so pretty much once that happened then shakos trickled down to the blue coated regiments, albeit slowly and AFTER the Battle of Friedland for sure.

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