Category: France in WW2

France had a bad start in World War II with the 1940 Blitzkrieg and the occupation of the homeland. But the French proved themselves in other theatres. I’ve a particular affection for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC) who served with distinction in the Italian Campaign.


The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2015)

Megalomaniac

One of the things that really impresses me about Paul Ward of Matakishi’s Tea House is his focus. He chooses a new project, plans the project, does the project, finishes it, and moves on.

I’m a bit more scatter gun myself despite the fact that at work I encourage teams to limit work in progress. I start with a focus and get a lot done but then often wander off on a tangent when something else comes up that sparks my interest. I let myself do that because this is my hobby, not my job. A hobby shouldn’t really

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Uniform Guide for the French Expeditionary Corps

My uniform guide for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC).

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Order of Battle for the French Expeditionary Corps

This is what I know of the order of battle for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC).

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Sources for the French Expeditionary Corps

Annotated bibliography for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC).

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French Expeditionary Corps (FEC)

Some bits and bobs about the Corps Expéditionnaire Français en Italie (CEF or CEFI) or to their English speaking allies the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC). These are the chaps that breached the Cassino line in 1944. From my perspective they were the best of the French in WW2.

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15mm Wargaming Figures for the French Expeditionary Corps

Peter Pig, Essex and Battle Front can all contribute figures for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC). The packs of heads from Peter Pig will be particularly useful.

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Fielding the French Expeditionary Corps under Crossfire

This is how I’d field the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC) with Arty Conliffe’s Crossfire. Use the French organisation in Crossfire except …

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Rommel Crosses the Meuse, Belgium – May 1940

In 2000 I was staying with friends at a place called Houx on the River Meuse. Houx has quite a distinctive weir across the river. At one point we ventured into the nearby town of Dinant. All of this was terribly familiar somehow but I couldn’t for the life of me remember why. I took some photos on the off chance and sent them to my friend Chris Harrod who I knew was interested in the Meuse Crossings.

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