I tried to access the French Naval Infantry and Bombardiers plate, but apparently it is not online. I have a question concerning their possible belt plates.
There is some controversy raging within the re-enactment world over British Marine belt plates, and Royal French Marine belt plates of the 1775-1783 time period.
Don Troiani has what he and others (Kochan and Nanos) have concluded are a British Marine belt plate on his historical images webpage. In fact, Craig Nanos was kind enough to make copies available to our British Marine re-enactment unit. But it is odd in that the anchor is not fouled, like the pattern on the buttons, and it is clearly a waist belt plate, not an over the shoulder plate, which I believe the Marines moved to using in the early 1770's. Of course I am familiar with the CMH plates done on British Marines, which show no belt plate for the enlisted men, but an oval one for the officer - which runs contrary to the countless period portraits of marine officers at this time period that I am aware of (they are usually shown with a square plate). Perhaps the oval one was patterned after the ones found on the De Braak (1790's) and the other examples now on line at the RN Museum - though they are all reported naval, and not marine per se, and from the 1790s. But who knows?
But, back to my question (sorry for the ramble) - does anyone know what kind of belt plate Royal French Marines wore, and if so, what is the documentation for that conclusion? Any help appreciated.
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