The best dressed soldiers in history?

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
5,357
Sydney
the colors were usually nearly true when new , after some months campaigning it was somewhat indiscriminate
 

martin76

Ad Honorem
Dec 2014
6,812
Spain
It's quite interesting how the actual photos of real troops on campaign differ from the imaginary or parade-ground paintings of beautiful coloured uniforms

I agree... many people think in 19th Century (Napoleon) war was very "colorist"... it was only in pictures and parade uniforms... in campaign... Napoleon´s troops looked as "something gray" because their hoods...

1914 - 1918.. Austrohungarian and French had beautiful uniforms.. but they changed them and wore Feldgrau and Blue horizon....

About colonial uniforms I like Spanish and British



in 1898... some yankees veterans thought Spanish infantry were confederates!... because in far distance.. "rayadillo" looked as "gray colour"...
 
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Zip

Jan 2018
636
Comancheria
The Spanish colonial uniform seems one of the most practical ever.

In the 1880s American infantry campaigning against Apaches in Arizona and northern Mexico, lacking a practical field uniform, campaigned in their long underwear. But you never saw that in a movie.
 
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Oct 2016
1,174
Merryland
the silly and impractical bits are they hats but they were designed to make the wearer taller and more intimidating during battle, there were more practical forage caps available.
I think the idea of the tall hats was to protect from being bonked on the noggin.
splains why Bobbies traditionally have the big hats
IIRC some were made of cork

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