Infanterie Française de la Première Guerre Mondiale, 1915–1918

Revue de Figurines de HaT Industrie au 1/76

Infanterie Française de la Première Guerre Mondiale, 1915–1918, 1/76 Figurines HaT Industrie 7003

Infanterie française wearing the horizon blue uniform avec brown leather equipment introduced en 1915. Most officiers continued to wear the distinctive pre-war képi, made from red cloth avec a dark blue band, instead of the less conspicuous horizon blue képi. Adrian helmets were painted horizon blue, avec the flaming grenade badge of the infantry ou the bugle horn badge of the Chasseurs à Pied at the front. Troupes coloniales françaises portaient uniformes kaki of the same cut, avec a fouled anchor badge sur le casque Adrian kaki. La Légion étrangère adopted l’uniforme kaki en Août de 1915, et elle portait the flaming grenade badge sur le casque.

L’uniforme et équipement française remained virtually unchanged until la Seconde Guerre mondiale, except that the collar was reduced in size. It is entirely feasible to paint these troops as infanterie française de la campagne de 1940, without actually converting the figurines.


48 figurines en 20 poses – 22,5 mm correspondent à 162 cm hauteur de corps

  • Officier avec pistolet (2)
  • Porte-drapeau
  • Clairon
  • Observer avec Telescope, couché
  • Signalman avec Carrier Pigeon
  • Soldat blessé (3)
  • Soldat tombé (2)
  • Supply Carrier (2)
  • Sapeur (2)
  • Grenadier (2)
  • Cycliste (2)
  • 29 Riflemen in 9 Poses


  • Choix de sujet excellent. These figurines may be used pour représenter troupes françaises of two wars, et the helmeted heads will be needed for a number of interesting conversions.
  • Amazing variety of poses, exceeding the industry standard of 15 poses per box by 30%. A real treasure chest of poses for dioramas et wargames, except that mitrailleuses, et trench mortars are missing.
  • Nicely sculpted figurines. The poses look natural, et anatomically correct. The box claims that these are 1/72 scale figurines, although Airfix sold them as figurines au 1/76 originally. The rifles seem to be too long compared to figurine height, even if the re-classification from 1/76 to 1/72 scale shortens the weapons a little.
  • Crisp detail in the uniforms, weapons, et equipment. The figurines are easier, et faster to paint than l’infanterie française de chez Revell, et they look much better. The most striking difference between the two brands is the superior sculpting of the Adrian helmet et the facial features of the old Airfix soldiers. One wonders why Revell did not commission a sculptor capable of matching the superb Airfix style. As it is, these HäT re-releases de l’infnterie français d’Airfix are the better choice. An excellent track record for a box of figurines as old as these are. The box says Made in France, virtually insuring better quality castings than Airfix re-makes produced elsewhere.
  • Interesting facial features, the figurines are very much in period character.
  • Good casting quality. Mould lines are easy to remove, et there is little flash.
  • Cast in an almost horizon blue plastic which lends itself to speedpainting.
  • No support weapons. It is surprising, that so many poses were included in the set, but the mitrailleuse Hotchkiss machine gun, et the fusil mitrailleur Chauchat light machine gun are missing. Both of these weapons, et their gunners, may be scrounged de l’infanterie française ce chez Revell. If both brands are mixed in the same unit, it is well worth the trouble to upgrade the Revell figurines by adding better heads et helmets from the Airfix set.
  • Incorrect painting instructions. The back of the box shows an infantryman in a medium blue uniform, but the horizon blue is actually much closer to the light blue plastic the figurines are cast in. Puttees should be horizon blue, not black, et leather equipment would be a natural brown instead of the kaki vert shown on the box. The picture of a painted soldier is not very useful when Humbrol, Tamiya, ou Pactra colour reference numbers are omitted.

Déploiement Historique

  • Uniforme Bleu Horizon
    • Infanterie Française, 1915-1918
    • Légion étrangère française, 1915
  • Uniforme Kaki
    • Zouaves et Turcos (Tirailleurs Algèriens), 1915-1918
    • Tirailleurs Sénégalais, 1915-1918
    • Légion étrangère française, Août 1915-1918
    • Volontaires tchèques de la Légion étrangère, 1915-1918
    • 369e - 372e Infanterie US ("Black Watch"), Verdun 1918
    • Infanterie Française, 1940 (Armée de Vichy et unités en Afrique du Nord until 1942)
    • Infanterie Belge, 1940

Possibilités de Conversions

  • Volontaires polonais en service français, 1915-1918. L’uniforme française en bleu horizon avec une distinctive bonnet polonais made from horizon blue cloth.
  • Fusiliers Marin, 1914. Naval beret instead of the steel helmet. Berets may be scrounged from Infanterie Française de la Seconde Guerre mondiale de chez ESCI.
  • Tirailleurs Sénégalais avec Fez, 1915-1918.
  • Infanterie Belge, 1915-1918. Uniformes kaki britannique, mais avec stand-up collars. Casque Adrian français.
  • Infanterie française et troupes coloniales, Tunisia et l’Italie 1943. Uniformes britanniques, et casque Adrian français.
  • Soldats français du #10 (Inter Allied) Commando, 1940-1945. Uniformes britanniques, insignia français et some Adrian helmets.
  • Pompiers français continued to wear a cromed version of the steel helmet après la guerre.

HaT Industrie deserves much praise for re-releasing the old Infanterie Française d’Airfix. The figurines may be painted pour représenter infanterie française de la Première Guerre mondiale et Seconde Guerre mondiale, et they are desperately needed. The choice of light blue plastic is better than the original Airfix grey, et the material is of the same high quality we have come to expect from the fabricants français. The troops are compatible avec Revell infantry of the same period, they add many attractive poses. This set is a classic, a must-have for joueurs de guerre et dioramistes. Anyone interested in the period is well advised to reserve a supply of these figurines while they are available again.


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