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Early Twentieth Century FFL in Pith Helmets

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?

Bob

FFL are my favorite figures;can't believe I've lived to see new sets.

Re: Early Twentieth Century FFL in Pith Helmets

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).

Cordialement

Georges

Re: Early Twentieth Century FFL in Pith Helmets

Merci Georges,

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.

Bob

Re: Early Twentieth Century FFL in 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:

https://imagesdesoldats.fr/fr/troupes-a-pied/172-la-legion-etrangere-1915-1918.html

Plate probably also included here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Officiers-soldats-larmée-française-Grande/dp/2352500842/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548009234&sr=8-1&keywords=jouineau+la+grande+guerre

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" ...

Re: Early Twentieth Century FFL in Pith Helmets

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.

https://askari-minis.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=23_46&zenid=0oauoe40qu8tv8vscnmn1hkkc6

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.

Thanks,

Bob

Re: Early Twentieth Century FFL in Pith Helmets

Hi,

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):

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9SS7XZl2kA4/WN6UH-GVdII/AAAAAAACkiI/X0NcidCMyTcXEMEGH8-91D7i2jITSo1YwCEw/s1600/FIGURINES%2BN%25C2%25BA%2B1070014.jpg

What about French troops wearing pith helmets in the late 19th century Indo-China wars?

http://belleindochine.free.fr/PierreLoti3JourneesDeGuerreEnAnnam.htm