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The 1915 forage cap or "bonnet de police", usually not piped, this example has a dark blue piping associated with infantry, etc. With the piping and being of slightly finer quality, would have been for a junior officer or senior n.c.o. The cap is unlined, apart from a fine brown leather sweatband. Earlier examples had a white cotton lining.

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Vareuse type 1915, horizon blue. Missing are the collar patches with the regimental number. This is probably a late war issue, as it has survived in reasonable condition.

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Col droit, upstanding collar, general issue. Traces of insignia can be seen. Buttons were of pewter instead of previous brass. The collar has a black liner and some small round metal buttons for attaching a white collar liner if required. The collar patches were in matching horizon blue with dark blue applied numbers, at each outer edge was a double soutâche in thin dark blue braid.

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Plain straight pocket flats without button. A repair had to be done to the side of the pocket, as it was torn. The cuffs seem to have been altered at some stage.

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On the left rear is a small buttoned loop for supporting the belt

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Rear view, 2 side pleats as always.

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Liner of rough white cotton, staining. Various issue stamps and a property stamp of Traonouez, a major French film requisites company

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Various issue stamps

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Regimental stamp of 101e Régiment de Ligne

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More issue or manufacturer stamps and a leather reinforcement for the belt loop

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Soldiers of the 101e Régiment de Ligne, 1915

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Photos, Musée de l'Armée, Paris

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Some articles of equipment, 1893/14 type belt with bayonet frog, Y-straps and one of 3 cartridge pouches, 2 of which were worn front and one central rear, these hooked onto the wire attachments on the Y-straps. This was still standard in 1939/40, although new 2-pocket pouches were introduced. Two-prong brass buckle on belt, fittings were also made of iron as from 1915.
Ceinturon
Bretelles
Cartouchière / boîte à cartouche
Baionette Lebel Berthier avec fourreau
Gusset de Baionette

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Standard M.1915 Adrien helmet with badge for Génie / Engineers. Original liner, coloured cloth edging missing, original chinstrap has been replaced by a two-piece strap, half remaining. The colour was changed from horizon blue to khaki around 1935, this has a greygreen overpaint for WW2, the horizon blue still visible in places.

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A charger clip for 8mm Lebel-Berthier cartridges.

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Lebel M.1886/93 8mm and Lebel-Berthier 1915 8mm (ex archive photo of my collection)

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Centre: Berthier carbine 1916 for cavalry, artillery, etc. (ex archive photo of my collection)

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Some items previously owned included this artillery steel helmet, a képi for a capitaine, 14e Régiment d' Hussards and 2 WW1 French bayonets (ex archive photo of my collection)

 

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