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WW1 uniform on ebay

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This horizon blue uniform, ebay # 350156946632 , is listed as a WW1 French NCOs uniform but the cut and style don't look like what I've usually seen pictured or illustrated as a WW1 uniform. What do you all think. I'm not a WW1 uniform collector so could be all wet on this one.

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It looks very much like a privately cut caporal's uniform. The two short oblique stripes on the sleeve were the war-time rank (short for a double chevron). Such uniforms were sometimes worn by men who were assigned to HQ when they had the money to have them taylored.

A "caporal" does not count as an NCO in the French rank system : he is an "homme du rang", a ranker.

Seems he had a number of war-time chevrons on the upper part of the sleeve. I don't know what the Lorraine Cross stands for.

Sorry I cannot be of better help.

Veteran

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Seems he had a number of war-time chevrons on the upper part of the sleeve. I don't know what the Lorraine Cross stands for.

How much combat time did it take to get a war-time chevron?

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Normally, one year for the first, and six months for each additional.

Here they are numerous... may be there is an explanation, but I do not know it.

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