French Transport Corps Uniform

French Transport Troops.

French transport troops were mainly composed of older reservists and those considered unfit for front line duties.

Whilst a number of French Army transport units were motorised, a relatively large number still relied predominantly on horse-drawn transport. This was not unusual in the 1939-40 period and the German Army outside of its Panzer divisions was equally reliant upon horse-drawn transport.

The soldier here wears the regulation M26 Adrian helmet with infantry badge and M35 goggles. A long M35 motorcyclist coat is worn, made of light canvas. These had, for the most part, been discarded by motorcycle units, given the fabric was not waterproof and the impracticalities of its length. A standard M31 gas mask is carried over the shoulder and the single 1916 pattern ammunition pouch would indicate that this particular soldier is from a horse-drawn transport column.


French Army driving licence. Issued by the Commandant of the Groupe Auto Leger to Théophile Fiort of the 22nd Transport Regiment. He was additionally authorised to drive vehicles in excess of 3 tons.
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