September 4, 1870, the Second Empire disappears in the depths from the history to the profile from IIIième République. A government known as of "National Defense" takes the changing and under the popular pressure decides to continue the war. But if the men are replaced easily, it is not the same material. The arsenals are empty and the armies in in the course of formations are stripped of modern weapons with fast shooting. The rates of output of manufactures become national are pushed to the extreme and from the markets passed with private industry. In waiting of the weapons with fast shootings, one recovers in the arsenals rifles with percussion, with flint, but also the transformations with snuffbox of various systems generally of weapons out of age. Parallel to these "going worse", France will turn to the producer countries of weapons, like England, Belgium, Spain but also, in less quantity, Spain, Austria, Switzerland. The large provider will be the United States, surplus of all the surpluses of the completed American Civil War five years earlier. The great majority of these rifles, rifles and revolvers are described and illustrated. Rifles and rifles which we called urgently or of crises, will be also produced starting from various elements of recovery. These purchases makes without understanding will comprise the Best but also the worst with sometimes behind plane of vast personal enrichments which will show how much the human nature remains the same one during centuries. The shortage of the bayonets is as important as rifles. We will present in this work, the modifications of the sabres Chassepot bayonets, then creation, by the recovery of old blades, bayonets adapted to rifles of imports. Lastly, we will evoke the civil productions and the purchases abroad


In appendices, we added new documents: (mails, inventories of cargo of boats, counts returned distribution of weapons to the troop and the frank bodies, lists of weapons present in the arsenals, etc...) drawn with the sources of the files municipal, departmental, and with the service histories of the Army. All these weapons, rare today on the market of the collection represent the energy by our country for at least saving the honor. The weapons and bayonets described in this book are illustrated by several hundreds of photographs in black and white. Also let us add to finish, the presence of an iconography of almost new and exceptional time combatants carrying extremely rare weapons sometimes.