Walking out dress of an Adjutant Chef of the 8eme Regiment of Dragons (Dragoons)


The tunic is of the Modele 1939 variety which carries a distinctive collar design; this particular example was manufactured in Saumur in April 1940, with the k├ępi also originating from a manufacturer based in Saumur.

The 8eme Dragons were originally part of the French 4eme D.L.C. (Division Legere de Cavalerie), which was disbanded after heavy losses in Belgium. Whilst the 8eme Dragons were evacuated from Dunkirk along with other remnants of the 4eme D.L.C., they suffered further losses when the transport SS Scotia was sunk on the 1st June 1940.

The survivors were assembled in Plymouth on the 2nd of June and by 4th June had been shipped back to Brest in France to carry on the fight. They were reconstituted as a tank cavalry unit and were immediately integrated into the newly formed 7eme D.L.M. (Division Legere Mecanique). They were equipped with around 40 Hotchkiss H-35 and H-39 tanks and a further 25 armoured cars. By the 10th June, the unit was heavily engaged in a tank battle south and west of Juniville on the River Aisne. Whilst inflicting heavy losses on the German 1st Panzer Division, they themselves also suffered grievous losses and were forced to withdraw.Back
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