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42flanker03 Jun 2019 10:12 p.m. PST

'Uniformes de l'armée royale française
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A bound m/s volume from the Biblioteque Nationale of handsome watercolour portraits (some incomplete) of 68 'regiments d'infanterie française ou nationaux' (all grenadiers), plus 8 German, 11 Swiss, 5 Irish or Scots, 2 Italian, and so on through the cavalry regiments to 'separates' inc. the Garde Suisse and Grenadiers Royaux, etc.

The uniforms appear to be from the 1760s rather than illustrating the 1779 Ordnance (which would have been quick work). The regiments do not have territorial titles, only the current colonel's name.

de Ligne Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2019 2:32 a.m. PST

A great find. The problem is one of dating and it is certainly post-SYW so (like you) I would suggest late 1760s to 1770s. Effectively a peace-time representation.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2019 3:28 a.m. PST

Excellent contribution.

Lilian04 Jun 2019 4:49 a.m. PST

the 6 blue-uniformed short-lived Chevau-légers Regiments were raised in 1779 and disbanded in 1784, he added a seventh giving the «n°4» with a green-uniformed unit Conflans (??)

curious to not say bizarre presentation, all the Cavalry regiments are named Cuirassiers when only the Cuirassiers du Roi had such title and others bizarre pictures, way to number the units etc

the "guard of the Militia" (?) with green breeches and indefinable (dark-raspberry-brownish?) colored uniform…
the Artillery with white breeches and the red has gone or becoming optional

bizarre, bizarre

evilgong04 Jun 2019 5:53 p.m. PST

superb

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jun 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

Through the SYW the French Cavalrie wore front cuirasses in battle so they are technically Cuirassiers. The Cuirassiers du Roi were the only regime to wear both front and back armor.

Post SYW- I'm not familiar with the period, but I'm assuming that the Cavalrie regiments retained the cuirasse up,to,the AWI period.at some point the cuirasse was abandoned

von Winterfeldt09 Jun 2019 4:50 a.m. PST

It seems to be about 1776 regulation

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