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PostSubject: Red Coats.   Red Coats. EmptyThu Sep 20, 2012 12:09 am

I'm sure someone will know. Why did the British wear Red Jackets Question
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Ray63 your answer is in the 2nd Video. Click on link below
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I once heard it explained in rousing terms that they wore red so the blood wouldnt show.

Hmmmm wonder why they wore Khaki trousers? Rolling Eyes

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The explanation I was given once was that troops in red gave the impression of being more in number than they actually were!
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Hi Ray63.
In answer to your question - Red was the cheapest material .
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Correct . Red is a much cheaper dye than blue .
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The Wikipedia article Red Coats (British Army) contains a vast amount of fascinating information.
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Thanks for your replies. Nice one Sprinkbok :lol: The corporal in the Video, who is he.
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