I discovered Moroccan auxiliary troops through my interest in Rif War and the Spanish Civil War. I already have the 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán, from the SCW. Now I’ve got another Moroccan unit. This time they are Goumiers, irregular Moroccan auxiliaries fighting for France in Italy during World War 2. This lot are for Crossfire.
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.
Moroccan Tabor in Italy – Crossfire Orbat
In my mountain of unpainted lead are some goumier. Irregular Moroccan auxiliaries fighting for France in Italy during World War 2. Cool. I wondered what they would look like under Crossfire.
Order of Battle for the French Expeditionary Corps
This is what I know of the order of battle for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC).
Sources for the French Expeditionary Corps
Annotated bibliography for the French Expeditionary Corps (FEC).
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.
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 …
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.
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.