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Regarding the badges and the specialty escutcheons of the French army (Bulletin of the armies's Republic n ° 195 of May 24, 1916).

Regulatory badges are divided into 2 categories:

1) the badges on the straight collar: Rectangular shape.

2) badges on folded back collar: generally triangular shape.

However, the infantry gretcoat with a folded back collar wears the rectangular badges.

The braids (edging of the escutcheon) are always 2 in number (except for African artillery troops which have 3 braids). They are parallel and form a triangle.

Width: 2.5mm

The badges and numbers are in wool.

The height of the figures is 20 mm.

The collar insignias of Mounted troops in triangular shape

maximum length of the long side: 90 mm

maximum length of the short side: 50 mm

The collar insignias of Hunters On Foot or Alpine:

jacket-dolmen: height and width: 95 mm

Greatcoat: height: 85 mm and width: 105 mm

The badges are in light background wool in the Infantry and the braid is daffodil - except for the secretaries of staff (bluish iron gray) and the clerks, workers and nurses (madder).

Throughout the Troop, the numbers on the badges are of the same shade as the braids:

Line infantry: dark blue,

Zouaves: madder,

Tirailleurs (specific colonial Infrantymen):
 sky blue,

Foreign Legion: green,

Colonial infantry: scarlet,

Foot and alpine hunters: green,

Light Infantry of africa: purple.

For the Cavalry, the insignias are, background and  piping: dark blue.

And the color of braids:

Cuirassiers: madder,

Dragons: white,

Hussars: sky blue,

Hunters: green,

Spahis and African Hunters: daffodil.

For the Genie, the insignias are in black velvet and the braid is scarlet. The piping is black.


For the Train: the bottom sheet and the piping are green.


For the Gendarmerie: the background wool and the grenade are white as well as the piping.