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WW1 French General/Marshal sleeve rank stars

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OK, sadly but not surprisingly, no response from the French museum of generals. However, I was interested enough in this topic to buy the wonderful but hideously expensive (at my age, I have less need for the body parts surrendered for the purchase), Verlag books on the WW1 French Army.  Inconclusive. The photos of generals items show mostly silver stars but also a few gold stars; There is no particular explanation for this. Foch's uniforms, in particular two of his Marshal rigs, show both (I think; again, the size of the stars on one photo is not clear enough to distinguish between worn gilt or tarnished silver). 

I hope this thread will eventually produce a definitive answer about this but for now, it seems that it was, as in most armies, then and now, "generals please themselves". Silver seems the most common metal for the stars.

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filfoster , The question is to not forget the topic and in some moment someone feels interest again and the answer appears. I agree with you about Militaria Verlag books , a bit too expensives .

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