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5 months 2 weeks ago #223 by Mollinary
I am currently enjoying the new scenarios in the ‘French’ expansion, but I have a question regarding the new units. There are teo units of French ‘Marines’. I am by no means clear what historical units/regiments these represent, and how to model them with the 10mm figures I use to play the game. Any help gratefully received!

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5 months 2 weeks ago #224 by Mark McG
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In terms of historical deployments, the orders of battle might help
Yorktown
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorktown_order_of_battle#French_Army

Savannah is harder to find, but a recurring point of interest is the colonial troops from Haiti
D’Estaing’s 3,500 assault troops were drafted for temporary duty from regiments garrisoning the island colonies in the West Indies: Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Dominique. They included several hundred free black troops, among them young Henri Christophe, future dictator of Haiti. Formed into provisional units at Savannah, the troops and their officers had never served together before in combat. Now they were to carry out a difficult assault against a forewarned enemy. So far, nearly everything else had gone wrong.
www.historynet.com/siege-of-savannah-dur...olutionary-war.htm/3
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4 months 3 weeks ago #225 by ozzie
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To the best of ,my knowledge, the French marines are (naturally) from the French warships, formed into skirmisher companies for the attack on Savannah. It's very probable that many of the ship's complements of marines were under strength and numbers were made up using troops from the regular regiments. Coming from a variety of ships, it's also probable that their lack of common training, variable numbers and nature of their service aboard a ship would have caused difficulties if formed into regular line units. Thus, I think their use in the game as good missile troops (Light Infantry) with some bayonet drill seems OK to me.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #226 by ozzie
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I modelled up (in 15mm scale) the coloured regiment from St Dominique. They covered the retreat from Savannah and performed with distinction.

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