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MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 11:11 a.m. PST

Does anyone know how late these uniforms could be found serving during the French Revolutionary Wars?

Brownand05 Oct 2018 2:08 p.m. PST

The old French line troops stayed in white until their battalions were incorporated by the amalgame in the new half brigades. When this occured the companies of one old battalion and two volunteer battalios were combined and mixed into three new battalions.
So end 1794/beginning 1795 was the end of the white uniform I think.

Nine pound round05 Oct 2018 2:09 p.m. PST

I'm going to guess they lasted for a campaign or two, not much more- maybe a year of consistent field service. I know the bleus and blancs are associated with the original amalgame, 1793 (IIRC), but I bet they were already pretty ragged by then: the distinction between regular and militia units was probably more evident in bearing, drill, and movement than clothing. Everyone looks dirty, given enough time in the woods, but there are still lots of intangibles to separate regular troops from irregulars.

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