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« on: 18 June 2017, 11:50:54 AM »

I have been looking at a number of near contemporary pictures dealing with the Armies of the Loire and Garibaldi's Army of the East. A number of pictures of the eastern troops depict an infantry unit(s) in an all-white uniform. Anyone know anything about this?

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« Reply #1 on: 18 June 2017, 12:11:32 PM »

Hello

They MAY be  "francs-tireurs". ( Compagnie des francs-tireurs volontaires du Doubs ?)


There were some companies with fancy uniforms. ( 618 companies for 70,000 men as written in this french website : http://www.souvenir-francais-doubs.fr/guerre%20de%201870.htm )

I found an other source( https://www.cairn.info/revue-strategique-2009-1-page-279.htm )  stating :
The cpt Huot was a former hussard officer who knew well the forest in this area. He led many raid, for example to free some french prisoners, or to seize convoy. Each week he made glorious entry in Besançon, bringing back prisoners, food and ammunitions. (1)

( 1st source was the book  from Comte de Vitrolles "Notes et souvenirs sur la Garde mobile des Hautes Alpes, Marseille", Seren, 1872, p. 43. )
(1) my own translation and summary, I hope you can understand. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: 18 June 2017, 12:32:33 PM »

Many thanks for the information Ronan. They do only seem to appear with Garibaldi's army, so I would also go with them being Francs Tireurs bands - so another added level of variety which I hadn't realised existed.
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« Reply #3 on: 18 June 2017, 01:50:58 PM »

Also they might be using the fatigue smocks of the French Army?
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« Reply #4 on: 18 June 2017, 01:54:05 PM »

Cool find
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« Reply #5 on: 18 June 2017, 02:06:24 PM »

its a colouring book - you just haven't finished yet
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« Reply #6 on: 18 June 2017, 03:58:11 PM »

its a colouring book - you just haven't finished yet
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« Reply #7 on: 18 June 2017, 04:24:17 PM »

its a colouring book - you just haven't finished yet

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« Reply #8 on: 18 June 2017, 05:03:37 PM »

White undercoat ?

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« Reply #9 on: 18 June 2017, 05:06:34 PM »

White undercoat ?

Cheers - Phil.

Looks more like a white overcoat to me.  I'll get my..................

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« Reply #10 on: 18 June 2017, 06:49:04 PM »

I think you should, M.  Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #11 on: 18 June 2017, 06:58:03 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: 19 June 2017, 10:26:45 PM »

I have resisted for two days.

Do they have white uniforms so that they can tear them up to make flags?  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: 20 June 2017, 06:34:02 AM »

Oh dear, don't think you know a great deal about the attitude of French soldiers in the FPW.
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« Reply #14 on: 20 June 2017, 12:38:47 PM »

Interestingly the Congressional troops in the Chilean Civil War of the 1890s were also dressed in white.
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