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I'm at a bit of a loss how to deploy these guys. The only pictures I can find of FFL in pith helmets are not wearing greatcoats,of course they would have been worn at night. I checked FFL at Gallipoli to see if I could paint them khaki,but I couldn't find anything to verify that. I guess I am just old school Beau Geste ;can't see deploying these figures together. Any suggestions?
FFL are my favorite figures;can't believe I've lived to see new sets.
Hi Bob ! See Osprey MAA 325 "French Foreign Legion 1914-1945", picture C1 and page 8. At the Dardanelles, the légionnaires (detached from 1er and 2e Régiments étrangers) formed the 3rd battalion of the "1er Régiment de marche d'Afrique" (lieutenant-colonel Niéger), itself part of the (French) 156e Division (gen. Bailloud). They arrived in Gallipoli on 27 april 1915 and had to endure very hard fighting. In fact, I think that representing these légionnaires at Gallipoli is the true thema of that Strelets box (and not, as so often, FFL vs Bédouins).
How did you know I have that book ? I know the Legion was at Gallipoli,but of course, the photo you mentioned shows the legionnaires wearing kepis. Somewhere I have seen a picture of Legionnaires at Gallipoli wearing pith helmets. If I could just locate a color image to help with my painting project. Just checked 2 images in my copy The French Foreign Legion by John Robert Young and no pith helmets.
I'm not an expert, but according to Joineau the greatcoats appear to have been blue in 1915. Sorry, can't find a better image online:
Plate probably also included here:
The figure at the far left; the captions of the black and white illustration are better legible. For this figure the caption reads: "Légionnaire stationné en Afrique du Nord" / " Légionnaire stationed in North Africa" ...
Thanks for your help; I tried to research possible use of pith helmet figures as French Marines,however,if all else fails I will use the Strelets pith helmet figures with the Esci officer in pith helmet or with Askari Miniatures artillery crew I bought.
I'm so glad Strelets seems to be making a Legion heavy weapons set,but if all else fails a hobbyist can buy different scale figures and just not photograph them close together.
I'm not sure whether I get what you really want but if you are also looking for French Marines wearing pith helmets (and greatcoats), Jouineau has a plate for this as well, to judge from the anchor on the helmets (pre WWI):
What about French troops wearing pith helmets in the late 19th century Indo-China wars?