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Cavalry - Colonial Chasseurs de Africa

Discussion in 'France' started by Dan Morton, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Wikipedia - The Chasseurs d'Afrique (literally Huntsmen of Africa) were a light cavalry corps of chasseurs in the French Armée d'Afrique (Army of Africa). First raised in the 1830s from regular French cavalry posted to Algeria. At the outbreak of WWI in 1914, six regiments of Chasseurs d'Afrique were in existence. The 1er and 2e RCA had detached squadrons on active service in eastern Morocco while the four remaining regiments were on garrison duty in Algeria and Tunisia. Seven regiments of Chasseurs d'Afrique (including three regiments de marche or active service units created for a particular campaign) were transferred to France between 1914 and 1918. The 1er and 4e RCA ended the war in the Middle East fighting against the Turks, while the 5e RCA detached squadrons to serve in the Balkans.[1] Chasseur aux Afrique and horse.jpg Chasseur-aux-Afrique-holding-horse-bridle.jpg 1900 pattern Chasseur coat, cumber bund & hat with neck cover.jpg L to R - Trooper's cap, Chechia, Officer's cap.jpg Insignia-on-front-top-Shako.jpg M1873_1901-Shako-Issue-for-troops.jpg M1858-Fez-Issue-for-Troops.jpg M1900 blue jacket of 2nd Chasseurs.jpg M1901-issue-cavalry breeches front.jpg M1901-issue-cavalry-breeches-back.jpg officers-cavalry-breeches.jpg Chasseurs-charging.jpg Chasseurs-de-Afrique-sitting-on-a-bench.jpg Chasseur-troop-at-parade-and-attention.jpg Chasseurs-de-Afrique-in-work-clothes-on-RR-tracks.jpg Farrier's-qualification-insignia-on-Brigadier's-sleeve.jpg Inside-of-shako.jpg 1900-pattern-Brigadier's-coat,-3rd-Remount-Company,-stationed-in-France.jpg 5th-Chasseurs,-Officers-in-1911.jpg
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  2. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    I am hoping one of you knowledgeable gentlemen will be able to help me regarding a picture by an artist Charles Lhuillier of The Impressionist artist Claude Monet.
    I have seen many copies of the picture on various websites of him in his Chasseur D'Afrique uniform in 1860, when he was balloted for his national service.
    The picture shows Monet with a laced collar ,shoulder epaulettes, and most curiously of all, white aiguillettes on the left shoulder, and white cords coming around looking as though they are tucked into his right pocket. Can you tell me if this was indeed part of the uniform, as I cannot find any picture reference to guide me.
    Unfortunately, I am not very technical, so don't know how to post a picture of him to show what I mean, but maybe some of you may know the picture I'm referring to.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Cheers, Alan
  3. Henkm Well-Known Member

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  4. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Yes, that's the man.....it's those white cords. Are they simply waiting to be attached properly ? I have seen a picture of a Chasseur with white cords, but they were atttached to a czapska on a sub-lieutenant.
    It is, nevertheless, an interesting study of Monet himself as a young man.....he wanted to go to North Africa, as he wished to study the effect of light on colour at its extreme.
    He only served one year of his 7 year sign-on, as he caught typhoid in 1861, and his aunt paid for his discharge so that he could return to France.
    Thank you for your response (y):happy:

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  5. Nap Moderator


    Hi Alan

    I have this book it's excellent and improves my French ! image.jpeg

    These pastes are from about 1830

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    This from 1850


    Hope this mght help,

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  6. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Cheers, Kev, very helpful, thank you. Looks like an interesting book ;) Our French friends certainly publish a huge amount of various military stuff....sad that a couple of their excellent magazines went down the tubes.

  7. Nap Moderator


    No worries here's an original Czpska from the regiment

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  8. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Having seen the book above that Kev posted here, I looked it up, found one for a good price from 'Anita Books......lovely book, then imagine my surprise to see a sticker inside of the original owner. One Alan S. Caton, no less, the famous model producer from the 60's, 70's and on. His figures are still produced by Tradition, now in Sweden.

    A small world,indeed.

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  9. Nap Moderator


    Nice one Alan ...and a previous owner who is a legend

    Enjoy the book


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