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French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:40 pm
by andysyk
Does anybody know what the French Airborne Battalion wore in 1940. Ive details of organisation and armament but not uniforms. Im guessing canvas fatigues and motorised helmets but its pure conjecture.

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 2:02 pm
by andysyk
Ive mostly answered my own question. Mixture of canvas and what looks like standard uniform, no greatcoats. Headdress balaclavas and berets.
They had canvas and some leather? Overalls for jumping. Along with leather crashhelmets. But never made a jump.
I was going to use Crusader Minis MC troops which fit apart from the helmets.

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:14 pm
by Truscott Trotter
Mate didn't even know they HAD airborne in 1940

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:29 pm
by andysyk

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 9:32 pm
by andysyk

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 11:39 pm
by Baldie
I am sure someone once said "The more I learn the more I realise I dont know"
Sounds good anyway.

Re: French Airborne 1940. Uniforms?

Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:37 am
by Len Tracey
Just like the US Marine para-battalions, they never did an operational drop. Made up for it in Indo-china after the war though.