Chain of Command Abyssinia: The French Spahis

The role of cavalry in French doctrine was that of reconnaissance and maintaining security of the flank and rear of the infantry. Infantry divisions in France each had a groupe de reconnaissance de division d’infanterie (GRDI) and terminology aside these were simply half of a cavalry regiment. In colonial formations the Spahis and their semi-mechanised counterparts, the Chasseurs d’Afrique, fulfilled the same function and would also find their selves divided in like manner.
Typically a groupe would consist of two cavalry squadrons, a two-gun section of Puteaux 37mm guns and a machine gun platoon. The support elements were carried by pack-horses, mules, or if it could be locally commandeered, trucks. If these were available they would be used to transport the machine gun platoon in the first instance, followed by the Puteauxs. Each Spahi squadron consisted of a small headquarters element and four platoons.
The Spahis trained in the use of the sabre and in the traditional cavalry role, but these were to be secondary to their operating as both scouts and light infantry. With this end in mind individual Spahis sections within the platoon were equipped with the same weapons as their infantry counterparts. The Spahis themselves were indigenous Moslem volunteers from North Africa, engaged on long-service contracts. Like the turcos of the infantry, their French officers and senior NCOs were career soldiers.

Chain of Command:Abyssinia list for this force may be found here:  French Spahis 

Leave a Comment

More Lard

We’ve Had the Decorators in!

How odd, a blog post about a blog! But bear with us while we explain. One of the great things about Lard Island News has always been the fact that its the best place to keep abreast of what is happening on Lard Island. Want to know what we are playing, what’s being developed and

The 1798, Rebellion in Ireland Army Lists for Sharp Practice

A smashing list submitted by David F10 (not sure of his real name, apologies) for this very interesting period in history.  You can get the lists for the Crown, rebels and French here:  The 1798 Rebellion in Ireland Don’t forget, there is a whole campaign covering this conflict in the 2014 Christmas Special, Fondler’s Rebels.

Crisis. Chain of Command Does the Double!

Is it really over so quickly?! Every year the only disappointment we experience with Crisis is the flat feeling of coming home back to normality after two days in wargaming Heaven. Not only do we get the greatest show in Europe, but we also get to enjoy one of the understated gems of the continent,

Shopping Basket
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Top