GreyC

Please ID French cavalry units

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Hello or better bonjour!

I was able to buy some WW1 photos recently, among them these soldiers from what appears to be French cavalry before WW1?

I am absolutely in the dark when it comes to French military, so I´d appreciate if anybody could enlighten my with regards to the unit and its garison, if different from town the photos were taken in. I believe the photos were taken in the 1890s or early 1900s?

Thanks a lot!

GreyC

Franz2Saumurkl.jpg

Franz4Laonkl.jpg

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ID: 2   Posted (edited)

Bonjour Gris C!

Very nice photos!!!!

Those two men are french Dragoons.

Drg.Rgt.9 from Épernay (east of Paris - In Samur was the french cavalry school)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalry_School

Drg.Rgt. 31 from Lunéville (east of Nancy)

Edited by The Prussian

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Hello GreyC : Both are as the Prussian says ,dragoons . they wears the tunique dolman , a frogged jacket that was put in service in 1885 and remained until 1905 when its was replaced with the simpler tunique 1905 . 

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Good morning Bayern,

thank you for the interesting details!

GreyC

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