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French moulds

These are the French army added to the Seven Years War 40mm semi-flat range of moulds. All mould castings include interchangeable parts, including heads.

Composition of the French army,

The French army during the Seven Years War was noted for its lack of discipline compared to other European armies of the same period. It comprised eighty battalions of French troops which made up most of the infantry. In addition there were ten elite battalions of French and Swiss foot guards and a variety of foreign battalions raised from Catholic volunteers from a variety of lands: Swiss, German, Irish, Scots, Italians,
Walloons and Lorrainers all had their own units in the French army. While the eighty battalions raised in France itself were white-coated, other nationalities had their own colours. The elite Gardes Francaises, and the Grenadiers de France wore distinctive blue coats, as did the German and Scots battalions, while the Swiss and the Irish troops wore red coats. A lack of efficiency in the French royal army meant that many battalions were not at full strength and were thus brigaded into larger units, each of four battalions.

The normal French line was three ranks deep, but a double line of six ranks was also used. Grenadiers did not have independent battalions but were mixed into regular infantry units. Thus a normal battalion comprised 16 infantry companies and one of grenadiers.

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