French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap
French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap
French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap
French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap
French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap
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French Army 'Bigeard" Windproof Camo Cap

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First introduced around Operation Hirondelle in July 1953, this style of cap would come to be widely known as the Bigeard cap, after it's most famous wearer, Marcel "Bruno" Bigeard, also known as Le Chef. This famous French warrior would popularise this style with his heroic exploits in both Vietnam and Algeria. 

This particular example is made from British windproof camo, as were many French garments between 1951-56. Dating it exactly is a bit of a challenge. This style was created and worn in Indochina, but continued to be worn in Algeria alongside the very rare tailored windproof trousers and shirts set. Based on Eric Adam & Patrice Pivetta's books on equipment of French Paras in Indochina & Algeria, it seems this style with the neck cover is more likely to be Indochina, but even the leading authors on the subject were guessing! Close comparison with my tailored suit shows a very similar light tan/yellow 100% cotton thread so it could be Algeria! Either way, a very very rare piece of French militaria.

Condition

Used but excellent, no noticeable wear or damage.

Size

  • No size and hard to measure
  • Approx 57cm along the brim
  • Very comfortably fits my 7 3/8 head