Friday, 23 November 2012

Photographs of French Artillery

Continuing the theme of French Artillery,  here are some photographs in my personal collection of French artillery officers c.1860. These photographs are copyright Anthony Leslie Dawson. Please do not copy or use without permission.

An anonymous Chef d'Escadron decorated with the Legion d'Honneur.

An anonymous Capitaine: note the elaborate Cordon Fouragere.

A newly-gazetted Sous-Lieutenant. Artillery officers had to have studied for two years at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris before  being admitted to the Ecole d'Application d'Artilerie et Genie at Metz for a further two years study. They graduated as a Sous-Lieutenant Eleve (Cadet Sub Lieutenant) for on-the-job training with a regiment before sitting their Lieutenant's exam.

 Monsieur Boutiot, Adjutant of the 7eme Regiment d'Artillerie, c.1860.

A dapper-looking Marechal de Logis of Foot Artillery (Artillerie a Pied) with two long service chevrons denoted 14 years' good service. The Foot Artillery were responsible for manning Siege Guns as well as Fortresses: unlike the Field Artillery (Horse and Mounted) they had red cuffs closing with a rectangular blue flap with red piping.

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