The French Army in the American War of Independence by René Chartrand

By René Chartrand

The French forces that fought in the course of the American struggle of Independence (1775-1783) were, to a wide volume, a fabricated from the mess ups of the Seven Years' conflict (1756-1763). in the course of that struggle the fleet have been swept off the oceans, and approximately all colonies were misplaced. Sweeping reforms have been demanded. From the top of 1762 a chain of royal orders dictated through good judgment and solid making plans have been signed through the king, and an unlimited reorganisation used to be begun, making sure that the military that fought within the American warfare awarded a really varied, altogether extra ambitious chance to her foes.

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Officers wore light khaki peaked caps with black chinatrap and peaks and an ornate gold cap badge bearing the national coat of arms. Field officus had a single row of gold embroidery on the peak edge, while generala had two rows. For 'dress', or walking out, men wore only khaki shirta and tics with straight khaki trowem and black shors. Non-commissioned officers wore chevrons above the elbow ofthe left arm only. A private fmt claas wore a yellow chevron, point down; a corporal, two chevrons, and a corporal f h t class, two yellow chevrons topped by a single white chevron.

The Scouts were fairly fm to wear what they wanted. Moat wore either tiger-striped or US green fatigues. Bush hats were the most common headgear, although c a m o u ~ e r e US d steel helmets were also worn. Insignia were rarely worn, although division shoulder patches were worn by some Scouts, while others won special flash= One group headquartered in Tri Ton in rg6g-p wore subdued MACV patches with the black block letten 'KCS' at the top and the town name at the bottom; in 1971 they changed to black Rashes bordered red with the worda 'w ~ A B W N acorn* in two lines, on the left 'TRITON' and the right 'CHAW DOC', both also in two lines.

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