Hello, it 'is certainly one of the oldest photos of french army.tank youregardspaco
That's cool! In the closest unit seen there's the Grenadiers, bottom left, and the band with the drum major out in front. It looks like three ranks with file closers (officers and NCOs)to the rear. This photo gives one an idea of the size and length of a regiment in line. Thank you.Scott
It could be the sappers of the regiment (with a grenadier fur cap!) in the first place before musicians !Grenadier didn't wore fur caps since 1812 in the french army !regardspaco
Thank you paco. That makes more sense. Did the fur caps come back with Napoleon III?
Not specialy with N. III, sappers kept there fur caps during all the period, since 1815 !But this ended with the third republic!regardspaco
I think each line is a regiment because each has its sappers and music.André
You'are right André!the second line and third are the same!regardspaco