• Level 9, Miscellaneous 26.01.2015

    At the Start of World War I the french were resplendent in their new sky blue uniforms. It was said that they were sky blue so they would blend with the horizon. The reason is more likely one of  supply. The original design was for a patriotic uniform using alternate red, white and blue threads that would result in a modern grey colour of uniform. However the red tread was to be supplied from Germany a bit of problem when you are going to war with them. Hence the uniform was made of blue and white thread making the striking sky blue uniform.

    WWI French Uniform Sky Blue

    WWI French Uniform Sky Blue

    WWI French Uniform Sky Blue Peronne

    WWI French Uniform Sky Blue Peronne

    It night seem a little bright but look at the uniform it was replacing.

    WWI French Unifroms Red and Blue Peronne

    WWI French Uniforms Red and Blue Peronne

    The¬†German poster “Field Uniforms of our Enemies in the West” from 1914 shows the variety of colourful uniforms of the French, British and Belgian armies.

    Field Uniforms of our Enemies in the West

    Field Uniforms of our Enemies in the West

    These uniform designs almost date back to Napoleonic times.

    Napoleon's Army Uniforms by Lucien Rousselot

    Napoleon’s Army Uniforms by Lucien Rousselot

    Posted by Paul @ 9:14 am

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