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Tango0129 Aug 2019 10:13 p.m. PST

"The classic image of the French infantryman during the First World War has him wearing the greatcoat or capote with the front skirts held back, and for the most part that is exactly how he appeared. Every set of French infantry made prior to this one reflects that appearance, and so they should. However the French soldier was also issued with a tunic, and this was much worn when out of the line, so is commonly seen in studio portraits. When in the front line however the capote was the norm, and ironically when the tunic was worn it was often under the capote for added warmth in the coldest of weathers. Nevertheless the tunic would sometimes be worn by itself when in action, in particularly hot weather, and this was more commonly seen in the last year of the war, when Ďassault order' meant some men preferred the lighter tunic that gave more freedom of movement. So while not the traditional appearance, this set brings us an alternative view of the French infantry not seen before in the hobby…"




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Henry Martini20 Sep 2019 6:43 p.m. PST

Also good for SCW Republicans.

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