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Thursday, 24 July 2014

French troops of the Seven Years War/French and Indian War in Canada: Regiment de Guyenne

2eme Guyenne was sent to Quebec in 1755. The regiment's service in New France meant that it took place in all of the major battles and campaigns up to 1760. Oswego, Fort George, Fort William-Henry, Carillon/Ticonderoga, Quebec, Montreal.
 (art work courtsey of Musee de l'Armee, Paris)Soldier with regimental colour, régiment de Guyenne, circa 1755-1760
Soldier with regimental colour, régiment de Guyenne, circa 1755-1760
This regimental colour (or 'drapeau d'ordonnance') was carried by the 2nd battalion of the French régiment de Guyenne when it was sent to New France in 1755. Note the white cravat tied around the standard pole. This and the white cross were common to all French army colours of the period. The pattern of isabelle (a brownish-yellow) and vert-gris (green-grey) on the colour was the mark of the régiment de Guyenne. This contemporary print shows the regiment's European-pattern uniform, worn in New France by the 2nd battalion from 1757 to 1760. (Parks Canada)

I have painted a Grenadier company of this regiment to be used in my wargames. Picture to follow. 

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