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barcah200129 Jun 2019 5:40 p.m. PST

What is the evidence for special headgear for French grenadiers during the WSS?

Camcleod29 Jun 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

The only thing C.S.Grant mentions is that they wore a soft hat turned up on the sides, with the exception of the Garde Francais who had grenadier type hats. No pic or description of what type of hat.
I was under the impression that French Grenadiers had the same hat/tricorne as the other infantry until much later when bearskins come into fashion.

barcah200130 Jun 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

That is my understanding as well, not just from Grant but my Kuhn uniform cards as well … but I keep seeing art with the grenadier bonnets and they certainly look good…

barcah200130 Jun 2019 9:32 a.m. PST

Whoops, those are Wagner plates I bought in Munich.

Garde de Paris30 Jun 2019 9:44 a.m. PST

I have never researched the WSS, but…

As I recall, French line and militia Grenadiers at the beginning of the 7YW wore the same tricorns as the rest of the unit, but wore moustaches, and had larger ammunition pouches. Almost impossible to designate in 15mm.

The French military was very conservative, and probably were the same for the WSS,

In the later years of the 7YW some adopted a bearskin, and some regiments adopted breeches in the color of their facings.

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