Valiant Miniature Kit# 9813 - French Infantryman Prone, 1914. The French success at the battle of the Marne in 1914 must be attributed almost entirely to the resilient spirit of their soldiers, for the "Poilu" at the beginning of the war was undoubtedly the poorest trained and most wretchedly equipped soldier in Europe. The genius which had developed the famous "75" for the artillery clearly did not extend to the infantry, for the French infantryman went to war in a uniform virtually unchanged since the Crimean War, burdened down with over sixty pounds of ill-fitting equipment which did not even provide for such basic necessities as a bar of soap.
This item is an unpainted and unassembled white metal (lead free) hobby kits in the 54mm International collectors scale. Standing Figures in this scale measure Approximately 2-1/2" to 3".
Kit is recommended for ages 8+
Artist Credits – Sculpted By Stafford Rolph (Jarbo) / Painted Master By Sheperd Paine