French Service Kepi of Armament Engineer General 1st Class Léon Martignon
This is a French Army armament engineer general's service kepi from World War II (1939-1945). The kepi was worn by Engineer General 1st Class Leon Martignon. The general 1st class rank is signified by the three stars on the front, equivalent to an army division general. An embroidered chinstrap is attached to the front by two general rank side buttons. The rest of the kepi is olive green, typical of service kepis. Beneath the sweat shield on the inside is a manufacturer's stamp for Monsieur Maronneaud of Paris.
Martignon was born in Paris on February 3, 1889. He entered engineering school in 1909. By 1939, he had made the rank of engineer general 2nd class. Martignon continued to hold this position during the German occupation of France. Under the Vichy government, he was given the rank of engineer general 1st class and put in charge of mechanical factories of the state. He was later put in charge of armament fabrication. During his service, Martignon was made an officer in the Legion of Honor. He died in 1969.
|France||World War II|
|Monsieur Maronneaud, Paris|