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Scott Sutherland30 Jun 2020 1:33 p.m. PST

There appears to be no consistency in the French Line Artillery shako with regard to the red bands or chevrons. I find examples with non, only top, top and bottom, top, bottom and chevron on sides.

Has anyone found any details to explain this variety?. Was there perhaps some association in the bands/chevrons and the company. for example, Horse artillery have both bands and chevrons, 12pder have both bands, or perhaps the shako is specific to a regiment, e.g. the 1st has bands and chevrons, but the 2nd only the bands.

I'm interested in what any regulation said as well as what then happened in reality.


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 5:18 p.m. PST

Refer to the history of development of [infantry] shakos in general, then apply same to artillery.

They were NOT a separate and collateral development.
The horse/ legere/ mobile artillery "may" have used a 'lace' in the earlier period that has nothing to do with the 1806/07 shako construction that added reinforcing leather strips you call chevrons.
The two parts are entirely separate, and [used] for different purposes.

It is entirely probable, given the fact and geographic dispersion of 'artillery' units that different uniforms and accoutrements were present at the same time.
And that the size of the gun had NOTHING to do with what a crew wore. WHATSOEVER.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 12:07 a.m. PST

Indeed. The French army at the time is notable for its relaxed attitude to the uniform regulations which many units treated as suggestions rather then orders. As 1984 says, the dispersion of units would lend itself to a less than rigid adherence to instructions and lead to many variations by design or ignorance. This would be particularly so with the artillery as separate companies within the same regiment could be spread all the way from Badajoz to Berlin. The ordnance type had no influence.

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