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The Origin of the French Model 1931

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One great irony of the era of imperialism and European colonial empires is that the French reached their colonial zenith as a republic. In fact an overseas empire was seen as a way of restoring the prestige of France following the humiliating defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. As we’ve noted in past articles the French utilized their own style of “colonial” pattern helmet. Continue reading

The Conical Hat of Asia

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As we previously have noted in our study of the Conical Asian Hat of the Hong Kong Police, this unique version of the sun helmet – known as the “rice hat,” “paddy hat,” or even pejoratively as the “coolie hat”  – was one that had been primarily used by civilians. However, in many cases the line between “civilian” and “military” is blurred, especially in times of insurrections and uprisings. In these cases the conical hat, used as much by so-called peasants in the fields, became a headgear of war.

It was also, as the above photo suggests, a form of true military headgear – with the French and British relying on the conical straw hat for use by indigenous troops in South East Asia and China. The above photo shows French Marine Infantry volunteers in French Indo-China circa 1935. Continue reading

French Sun Helmets in Posters

The cover of a book, and later famous poster of Commander Marchand, who marched across Africa to claim the Sudan for the French Second Republic

The cover of a book, and later famous poster of Commander Marchand, who marched across Africa to claim the Sudan for the French Second Republic

Say what you will about the French Army, but they certainly offered impressive artwork. Here are a series of book covers and military inspired posters from the French Second Republic.

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