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French army tirailleurs senegalais

Post  pedroalfonso on Tue 12 Oct 2010, 12:33 am

I would like to know about the uniforms and rank badges of "tirailleurs senegalais", mainly during the XX century.

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Pedro

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Post  buistR on Tue 12 Oct 2010, 6:39 am


That's a broad subject Pedro. The Tirailleurs Senegalais began with dark blue zouave style uniforms c1857-1890, moved to their own distinctive dark blue with yellow braiding 1890-1914 (khaki drill for active service), adopted a dark khaki version of France's WWI sky blue from 1915-1940 (khaki drill for tropical wear), went American in 1943-45, followed the standard French Army uniforms of the period from 1945 - 1958 according to whether they were serving in Indo-China, North or Central Africa or Europe. The usual headdress after 1945 was the dark blue and red Colonial Infantry side-cap. The one continuous factor throughout was the red fez and sash, though after WWII this was only for occasional parade wear. Is there a particular period that you are interested in?

The colour picture above shows TS units at Longchamps outside Paris in 1913 - they were there to receive new standards and it was the first time they were seen in Europe.

On reflection this thread should really be on the Colonial site. Could Sean work his magic and beam us across?

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French army tirailleurs senegalais

Post  pedroalfonso on Wed 13 Oct 2010, 3:18 am

Thanks for the info.

I´m very interested mainly in indochina campaing, but also in ww2. I have Andree Joienau´s book that deals about ww1. If you have more details It´ll be great for me.

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