Louis XV's Army (2)

French Infantry

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Louis XV's Army (2)

French Infantry

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In Louis XV's army the classification of 'French' infantry denoted troops recruited from men born and raised in France. These regiments were called, naturally enough, infanterie francaise as opposed to the mercenary 'foreign' infantry recruited elsewhere. Making up the bulk of the army, all officers and men were to be of the Roman Catholic faith, the official state religion. Regimental recruiting parties went to towns and villages looking for likely young volunteers, inducing them to enlist with the usual promises – quick money, fast women, good wines and great glory.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The Royal Guard Infantry · Uniforms · Infantry Regiments, 1720-1763 · Metropolitan Units Sent Overseas · Post-1762 Reforms · Militia · Colours · Liveries for Musicians · Select Bibliography · The Plates

Product details

Published May 10 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781855326255
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 302
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


René Chartrand

RENÉ CHARTRAND was born in Montreal and educated i…


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