French Officer 78eme RI Uniform

 French Sous-lieutenant 78eme RĂ©giment d'Infanterie.


The 78th Infantry Regiment along with two others, formed 24th Infantry Division, part of the 5th Army. In May 1940, they were acting as interval troops, between the main Maginot Line fortifications on the Franco-German border.

By June, subsequent to the Dunkirk evacuation, this regiment found itself thrown into the maelstrom of battles around the River Somme where it was destroyed.

This junior officer wears a standard-issue M26 helmet with M37 infantry badge, and the M20 manteau, with the collar patches indicating the branch of service and metal thread embroidered unit number; the latter a feature of officers and senior NCOs uniforms (other ranks wore a simple cotton thread embroidered number). The single strip of gold braid on the lower sleeve denotes the wearer's rank. The officer carries an M16 pistol holster, 8 x 30 binoculars and the standard ANP31 gas mask.


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