Hi Eve. This is really quite interesting. As a tomboy with an interest in Military History, I find that the Franco-Prussian war is one of the forgotten wars of Europe - along with the 30 years war and the winter war.
In fact the Franco-Prussian War was the fore-runner to the German invasion of France in WWI. The French were still thinking in terms of Napoleonic conflict, the Germans had taken on board the new "Total warfare".
Britain did not get involved, as I think we were busty elsewhere...
Anyway.... I would be interested to play a French civilian, on the proviso that my character does not get raped. I don't know if there was a "resistance" movement back then, but if there was, maybe she could be in it?
You might want to change your image? That is a 21st century French soldier. We are talking about the 19th century
Camouflage uniforms did not come in to use until after the Boer Wars in the 1880s and 1890s, when the South African Boers wore dull, drab coloured uniforms and kicked the living shit out of the red-coated British, until the British started wearing olive drab too...
EDIT: Okay a bit of research reveals that there were French Irregulars operating behind the Prussian lines.
Most were men, but I'm willing to bet there were women in there too.Name:
Yvette is the daughter of Gaston and Marie Tonneler. Gaston owned a bar in the village of Adelange, about a league south of Faulquemont. Yvette works in the bar, with her Maman. Her Papa joined the Army when the mobilisation order came, and has not been seen since. Like most peasant women, Yvette is not only a good cook, good with a needle and thread, and good at making everything go as far as possible, but she is also a crack shot with a hunting rifle! As her uncle works in a nearby gypsum quarry, she has also been taught how to handle explosives.
Yvette is a virgin, as she has been saving herself for "C'est quelqu'un de très spécial", (That certain special someone), as she puts it.