15 October 2005
This little scene depicts a French Second Army patrol under sniper attack during street fighting with German holdouts in Nice, south-eastern France, in August, 1944. The French Second Army, alongside a number of American and other Allied units, invaded southern France only a few days after the Normandy landings on 6th June, 1944, and saw hard fighting against various German forces in the area. As for the blend of American, British and French uniforms, helmets and personal equipment on the figures in this pic, the French Army had been re-equipped with, mainly, American and British materiel over the past year and half since the Anglo-American landings in French North Africa in November, 1942, after which the bulk of French forces in that region went over to the Allies. Whenever possible, French troops retained what they could of their French Army uniforms and equipment, but, particularly as time went on and available stocks of French uniforms and equipment dwindled down, they took whatever they could get from the Anglo-Americans.