Thursday, 20 November 2008

Compagnies franches de la Marine

Picture source and more info here
If I lived in North America I think I would be inclined to reenact these colonial French troops in America - hell I did it in the UK for the 1750s back in the 90s so I have an interest in these regulars.
As you can see from this pic from c1700 they used a belly box - gargoussier, made of calf-skin.
As to what extent they would have dressed as Canadians during campaigns I don't know - probably depended on the season and the nature of the terrain.

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