Approved Vendors Listing
In an effort to maintain the highest levels of authenticity and quality of French Great War equipment and uniforms, as well as to help standardize kit within the unit, the 151 RI has established a listing of approved vendors. It may be more accurate to say that this is an approved kit listing, as generally speaking, only the specific items listed under each vendor have been approved for use. In other words, vendors do not typically receive carte blanche approval. Each item produced must be fully inspected by the (GWA) Battailon Franšais authenticity committee. This committee consists of a board of members tasked with analyzing and vetting reproduced or refurbished French equipment and uniforms, and then offering a verdict on a graded system (Excellent, Very Good, Acceptable, Unsatisfactory). This guidance is then communicated out to the units of the Battailon Franšais The members themselves bring together a range of knowledge and skills set based on proven research, documentation, original items, and craft expertise (e.g., tailoring, cloth production, leather making).