French Infantry Uniform

The silhouette of the typical French infantryman did not differ greatly in 1940 from his 1918 predecessor.

This infantryman wears a heavy woollen Model 38 greatcoat over his woollen tunic (vareuse). The greatcoat features 'button-up' security patches to conceal the unit insignia carried on the collar. On the shoulders of the greatcoat, a roll of fabric is attached to act as padding, to stop wear and tear to the greatcoat and to provide the wearer a degree of protection from potential chafing from the pack straps and rifle sling.
The helmet is the standard M26 with the flaming grenade badge. The ammunition pouches are the later M37 versions.

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