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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 7:25 a.m. PST

Which of these looks more accurate, the colourised one

or the autochrome one?

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 7:36 a.m. PST

Probably somewhere in between…

whitejamest12 Feb 2020 7:43 a.m. PST

This isn't exactly what you asked for, but when wondering about WWI French uniform colors, this is my favorite resource:


It has some really great photos and information, and stresses a point that gets overlooked too often. With these uniforms, as with any others before the most modern industrial production methods, there was no such thing as one correct shade.

Also the site as a whole is just amazing.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 8:26 a.m. PST

Great links. It's seems it is like asking which shade of gray is correct for Confederates.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 12:42 p.m. PST

Wasn't there a formula for weaving the cloth. Something like one white thread for every three grey and five blue. That kind of thing.

It does seem to have looked a definite blue colour though. With a bit of a grey tinge.

NCC171712 Feb 2020 1:59 p.m. PST

This French reenactment group has photos you might find helpful:


coopman12 Feb 2020 4:54 p.m. PST

After arriving at the front, they would all shortly have the color of dried mud. Sure makes painting easier.

Martin Rapier13 Feb 2020 8:36 a.m. PST

Notice how different the shades look in different light. The real uniforms in the Army Museum in Paris are pretty blue.

I use Vallejo Mirage Blue, which is close enough. A light blue grey.

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