Conscription Canes and regional tradition
Although having the same bases everywhere in France, the
conscription offers variants from one region to another.
As an example, this characteristic of the Bresse where
the conscripts having canes to snuff went round the village offering tobacco while
collecting to pay their drinkings.
The conscription changed well but it always
details, borrowed from the work "The conscripts" by Michel Bogon (Berger-Levrault Paris 1981):
... Their cane is tricolour, with large spherical head of
wood or of metal and their carrier makes it whirl.
From the military point of view, canes and axes are not
weapons but between the hands of the conscripts they become it, especially against the enemy
communes and districts.