Why were Red Coats red?


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Why were Red Coats red?

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  1. As stated by a Sargent of the grenadier guard he advised. That the red color also help manipulate the numbers on the battlefield. When an officer looked out, and saw the British come marching in, with the sun glaring down. The red would blur the line and cause an inaccurate numbers. Causing the enemy to believe there were more troops than previously believed. This mainly worked when Line fighting, of course this was horrible strategy when battling the colonist during the American revolution. Keep in mind the Americans where committing a less than honorable Guerrilla warfare tactic. In Hindsight it does seem to be a poor choice color for the uniform. On top of that, the Infantrymen themselves were expected to maintain their own uniform.

  2. Brilliant coloured military uniforms with a white X target over the heart were standard when gun powder became popular on the battlefield in europe. Changed From brown drab to Canary yellow, prussian blue, jet black, emerald green etc, some expensive dyes here. This stopped abruptly in 1880 when the french developed smokeless powder and same for brits in 1885, called cordite.
    So, crimson tunic, white target over heart, packed tightly, shoulder to shoulder, thick smoke with first volley at close range. Carnage.
    1885 smokeless powder, brass cartridges, drab uniform again and shooting from cover.
    So why did the europeans make their men a better target on a smokey battlefield.

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