Why did the British wear red coats in battle?

Discussion in 'Armed Forces Jokes' started by ECE-Tech, May 27, 2011.

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  1. Possibly been posted before, in which case I apologise but I heard it for the first time this evening so considered it worth posting.

    Why did the British wear red coats in battle?

    During the recent royal wedding, the millions around the world saw that Prince William chose to wear a uniform that included the famous British "red coat." Many people have asked, "why did the British wear red coats in battle?"

    A long time ago, Britain and France were at war. During one battle, the French captured a British Colonel. They took him to their headquarters, and the French General began to question him.

    Finally, as an afterthought, the French General asked, “Why do you British officers all wear red coats? Don’t you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?”

    In his casual, matter-of-fact, way, the officer informed the General that the reason British officers wear red coats is so that if they are shot, the blood won’t show, and the men they are leading won’t panic.

    And that is why, from that day forward, all French Army officers wear brown trousers
  2. I think it had something to do with the dye being easily available in large quantities. Could be talking shite though.

    Do the French wear brown trousers?
  3. Was it so you could post a wank joke on ARRSE?
  4. Fally I do believe you are correct, and that "joke" has been around for nearly as long as we've had red coats.
  5. I also heard that it was the cheapest cloth/dye available at the time. Once the soldiers had been on campaign for a while the uniforms faded considerably and were no longer red anyway.

    They certainly didn't wear red tunics to hide bloodstains, because blood appears black or dark brown on red cloth.
  6. Ah ha ha haaa! No. I'm afraid you haven't got the job. Best of luck.
  7. What job is that then?
    I haven´t applied for one with you.
  8. HHH

    HHH LE

    On mine it appears purple!!
  9. Was it one of Baldrick's Cunning Plans?