Bigeard cap

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French Commandos de Chasse wearing Bigeard caps.
Olive Bigeard.

The Bigeard cap (Fr:casquette Bigeard) is a field cap worn by the French Army and several others. It was allegedly invented by French General Marcel Bigeard [1][2] to replace the colorful and less practical colored headgear worn by the French Army in its war in Indochina.

The Bigeard is a cloth field cap with a short cloth peak. Originally produced in lizard, [3][4] it was later produced in olive green and various camouflage patterns to include,[5] forest,[6] and desert.[6] The cap is more of a peaked sidecap and is available with or without neck flaps for sun protection.[6]


Portuguese "Quico" variant

Several armies have copied the design, Rhodesian army as the "swallowtail cap" [7] in English or "Quico" (pronounced kiko) in Portuguese vertical lizard[6][8]

See also[edit]

  • Sen bou The former Imperial Japanese Army's field cap with which the Bigeard is similar too in form and function.
  • patrol cap


  1. ^ "LA CASQUETTE BIGEARD" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ DENYS, Hubert. "04- L'origine de la casquette BIGEARD". episodes-histoire.
  3. ^ "Sales site". Retrieved 2019-08-18.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Photo" (JPG). Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  5. ^ ""BIGEARD " CAP". Doursoux.
  6. ^ a b c d "French F2 "Bigeard" cap, surplus".
  7. ^ Modern African Wars (1) 1965-80 : Rhodesia, Men at Arms Series 183, Copyright June 15, 1986, by Peter Abbott and Philip Botham (Author), ISBN 978-0850457285
  8. ^ Modern African Wars (2) Angola and Moazambique 1961 - 74, Peter Abbot & Manuel Rodriques Osprey Men-at-Arms 202, 1988Copywrite, ISBN 978-0850458435