From Red Coats to Disruptive Camo – 250 years of British Army Uniforms
Sticking out like a sore thumb? For more than 150 years, British soldiers marched into battle wearing their best parade square finery — red coats adorned with bright coloured facings, white cross belts and rows of gleaming buttons. In those days, there was little need for camouflage — muskets were notoriously inaccurate so infantry fought in the open, packed in tight formation, sometimes only a few yards apart. On a smokey battlefield colourful and conspicuous attire actually helped troops tell friend from foe. With the advent of long range rifles, rapid fire weapons and modern artillery in the late 19th century, keeping out of sight became the order of the day. Accordingly, the British army traded in its iconic crimson tunics for khaki battledress.
A READER FROM THE U.K forwarded us this infographic (SEE BELOW). It charts the evolution of the British soldier from the Seven Years War right up to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Allie May Redmond reached out to MilitaryHistoryNow.com in October and invited us to share her diagram with readers. We’re happy to take her up on the offer. Click on the image below to view her graphic in its splendid entirety. And make sure to check out the accompanying commentary.
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