Thursday, September 24, 2015

WW1: The Ridiculous Uniforms

Interesting German poster of all of the different uniforms worn by enemy combatants. Besides the physical awareness that this was truly a world war with fighters from all reaches of the empires, the ridiculous pants and light colors show how WW1 was that line between old and new. The red pants of France are from Napoleon's day. These were quickly abandoned in WW1 as the French saw the very helpful camouflaging effect of the German grey uniforms. Those red pants were a last sign of the old pageantry associated with fighting that died in the mud of the mechanized Western Front.

2 comments:

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Interesting. I love these kinds of graphics, I have a couple of German posters somewhere that I acquired in Namibia that depict German colonial troops in Africa in the 1890s-1900s.

Corn said...

The Belgian Army initially wore shakos when war came in 1914. Talk about war under an ancient regime.