Why did Soldiers Fight in Colorful Uniforms? | Animated History

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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 yıl önce
    • I normally like your videos but I just couldn't watch this one. The presenter not being able to enunciate killed it for me. I had to rewind a few times to rehear what was being said. Like I said I enjoy your videos, its just that this one, not so much. Not saying this to be a Dick rather to give constructive criticism.

      Xavier PerezXavier Perez2 yıl önce
    • Talk about the professionalism of pike and shot.

      Proximity ArduousProximity Arduous2 yıl önce
  • The use of smokeless powder over the previous powder that left a thick cloud of smoke on firing a firearm party led to the bright colors falling out of favor in battle fatigues.

    02091992able02091992able19 saatler önce
  • Answer: To avoid friendly fire

    The LongShotThe LongShot4 gün önce
  • All that changed in ww1

    Ani GamingsAni GamingsAylar önce
  • why did they have bright uniforms??? to be seen on the battlefield during battle with the smoke, mud,etc.... end of the video. de nada

    victor iovevictor ioveAylar önce
  • Why don't you mention Boer War, when the British soldiers in red became easy targets? So that they introduced the khaki uniforms just like their Boer enemy.

    xapaga1xapaga1Aylar önce
  • "Fetch me old red doublet Bring it to me now I'll wear it in the rigging when they fire across the bow Fetch me old red doublet That's all the luck we'll need Even if they shoot me down they'll never see me bleed!" -The Pyrates Royale

    Dan MenardDan MenardAylar önce
  • That Marshal in the thumbnail is Bernadotte

    Joel V. Cariaga IIJoel V. Cariaga II3 aylar önce
  • Actually, it were the British in Boer war who changed their colourful uniform and their tactics when they realized how vulnerable were against plain dressed Boer guerrilla fighters.

    Vlad RybickaVlad Rybicka4 aylar önce
  • The British I think definetly had the best colourful uniforms. Just look at those red warriors!

    E0IE0I4 aylar önce
  • You gotta be dressed your best when you meet your maker

    Jonathan WellsJonathan Wells5 aylar önce
  • Some wore flashy uniforms, some wore fleshy uniforms

    ThomasThomas6 aylar önce
  • Why soldier wear flashy uniform? Is it for making them easier target?

    Hanvin ChristioHanvin Christio6 aylar önce
  • To know what side there on

    Battle ExpertBattle Expert7 aylar önce
  • I like the ones from 1870s-1890s that have proper uniforms ,proper equipment with kinda colorful like the british in the zulu invasion or the americans with a hat with blue tunic and brown pants in 1890s

    ZachZach8 aylar önce
  • to look F A B U L O U S

    no one importantno one important8 aylar önce
  • How very interesting. It's nice to know these little facts. Nice job guy.

    Broken BridgeBroken Bridge9 aylar önce
  • Nobody Brits watching this: well actually it's colour

    FeudalLordFeudalLord10 aylar önce
  • Because Dey look cool

    Мауи DpМауи Dp11 aylar önce
  • Our knowledge of uniform of American Regiment during the Revolution mainly comes from newspapers detailed description of deserters.

    yank1776yank177611 aylar önce
  • Here’s another reason that seldom gets mentioned, prior to the invention of ultra long range weapons, even if you could see someone, you couldn’t hit them. Thus it olnly become necessary to camouflage troops when weapons technology could match or exceed the perceptiveness of the human eye.

    LessCommonKnowledgeLessCommonKnowledgeYıl önce
  • Imagine a uniform with banana yellow coats and lily white vests.

    Tae ParkTae ParkYıl önce
  • Could u imagine if dashlane got hacked? They would have ur credit card details and ALL of your passwords

    epiclolyayepiclolyayYıl önce
  • Cheap cloth and dyes.

    annoyed707annoyed707Yıl önce
  • We still do

    TheFlagandAnthemGuyTheFlagandAnthemGuyYıl önce
  • We gotta admit. Prussian soldiers in ww1 and nazi uniforms in ww2 are both fashionable and a bit easier to blend in with the environment.

    Anthony! Senpai-kun~Anthony! Senpai-kun~Yıl önce
  • Please make a video on Denmark during the Napoleonic wars.

    Random DaneRandom DaneYıl önce
  • Major Barnes? Bob Barnes?

    R. J. LombardiR. J. LombardiYıl önce
  • There is also the point that Uniforms reduce friendly fire (Or friendly beating in close combat) since Soldiers and Warriors could identify friends and foes in the Chaos of a Battlefield.

    Dennis EggertDennis EggertYıl önce
  • On the subject of coloured uniforms, I gave a lecture to members of the British Army a while back. There was a whole row wearing jet black jumpers. They really stood out amongst the rest of the participants, who were dressed in camouflage green. I asked who they were. Royal Tank Regiment. Apparently it was a legacy of their early days, when they were usually covered in oil and grease.

    James Ker-LindsayJames Ker-LindsayYıl önce
  • I hear that Vic 2 music

    Danny PhanDanny PhanYıl önce
  • because the world was black and white back then

    Amin YashedAmin YashedYıl önce
  • I think 18th and 19th century military uniforms were the sharpest. Obviously they are not suited to modern warfare, but they gave a sense of refinement and elegance. And they just look cool.

    Luke PorrasLuke PorrasYıl önce
  • because it looked cool af

    snorfsnorfYıl önce
  • Bump

    Jose TorresJose TorresYıl önce
  • If I shall die. I shall die in style.

    Samuel BousfieldSamuel BousfieldYıl önce
  • Why does the video jump from the Celts to the Middle Ages? What about Classical Antiquity?

    enricmm85enricmm85Yıl önce
  • They wanted to wear fashion that kills

    Angel Was HereAngel Was HereYıl önce
  • What if warfare never evolved past 1800? Like we still had muskets and still wore bright uniforms, imagine fallout but we are stuck in 1800 and the world didn’t end due to nukes

    Duck LinguiniDuck LinguiniYıl önce
  • So that they wouldn’t get sued by the LGBTQ community for not representing them

    BlueLimesBlueLimesYıl önce
  • The Picts fighting naked is almost certainly a myth.

    Robert RRobert RYıl önce
  • lol exposing their troops. Lol he means their junk. Haha lol

    James ScannellJames ScannellYıl önce
  • dashlane straight up stole John Deer’ logo

    PeenPlaysPeenPlaysYıl önce
  • An interesting note, Catholic nations tended to dress their troops in white tunics with colored edgings and collars. The Austrians, pre revolutionary french, the troops of the various italian nations, spanish etc. However protestant nations such as Britain, Prussia, saxony, Hessia, Denmark, russia, Sweden etc all used bright colored tunics, green, blue and red being the most common and even black. This separation in uniform color being a common but not exclusive pattern, gave these nations a martial identity. Russia used green uniforms from the early 18th century through world war one. I believe the Brits fought their last battle in 1887 in red. The US initially selected a brown color during the revolution for their soldiers tunic coloring however I believe this color was to similar to red under the right lighting and led to changes. Uniformity during the revolution was hard to come by since the US didnt have the logistical infrastructure to provide consistent uniforms. However blue was a common coloring with yellow or red edging and collars.

    tbone martineztbone martinezYıl önce
  • Well if British dress up in Blue instead of Red no one will think they are British... So Its also used for recognizing.

    FCMB Phoenix15FCMB Phoenix15Yıl önce
  • Is your mic broken? It sounds like you have a lisp or is it just me?

    Seamy LentonSeamy LentonYıl önce
  • Great video mate

    Kristjan MägiKristjan MägiYıl önce
  • Gaestae(celts) probably didn't look sub-saharan.... @00:59

    R CR CYıl önce
  • The queens guards do see combat in the field just without the redcoats

    Jake StevensJake StevensYıl önce
  • Knights and Lords, being Nobilis, wore their personal coats of arms into battle in the Medieval period, common soldiery wore their Lord's Livery Colours and badges as no person who could not prove that they had a Coat of arms can claim another's nor would they wear another's unless they were that Lord's Herald. Also the Knight wore their Coat of Arms on a Surcoat, not a Tabbard as Tabbards were used by the Heralds as a sign of their office to their Lord or Sovereign.

    Chris GurneyChris GurneyYıl önce
  • To warn predators they’re poisonous obviously

    TheAngryMidgetTheAngryMidgetYıl önce
  • Uniform design always did confuse me when it came to historic battles, because the more you stand out the better a target you are. When I was in the US Marines and learned about the "Quatrefoil" design on the top of all commissioned officers uniforms, I was amazed that it was still used today. Originally used to mark officers on ships, so sharp shooters wouldn't shoot their own officers in a battle between 2 vessels, they made sense but it became a mandatory part of Marine Corps Dress Uniforms and is/was not used in a combat environment. It is there because of tradition instead of usefulness in combat. It still seems odd that battle uniforms used before the 19th century would be made so garish, like it was designed for pageantry instead of combat. It was in no way tactical because it easily marked you as an enemy combatant and often times the uniforms threading and tassels were observable even in the cover of night. You would think military leaders would do everything in their power to avoid being seen, but historical battles were in no way fought like wars of the 20th and 21st century. They mainly fought in large formations because it was seen as an honorable way of fighting, just line as many men up as possible and keep fighting until the formation was broken, then chaos seemed to ensue. I hope if I were going to war during one of those time periods, that I would be able to get rid of that uniform and do what I could to blend into my surroundings and it's odd that leaders back then didn't have the same mindset.

    Secluded MisanthropeSecluded MisanthropeYıl önce
  • As a french, I also heard that soldiers were wearing red pants during the beginning of WWI because it was a specific dye (madder red), and most of the production that was made in France was for the army, so there was also an economic aspect to that as a whole industry would fall into chaos if it was not used anymore (and until 1914, there was no big need to play hide and seek). but great video and series, I am still waiting for the following episode on the 7 years war.

    Kwenti BKwenti BYıl önce
  • I guess the French wanted to die in their fashionable attire.

    Purdue BoilerGuyPurdue BoilerGuyYıl önce
  • From my understanding of the pics (Im scottish) there is 0 evidence of them fighting naked and is as false as the idea of berserkers

    SeaghánSeaghánYıl önce
  • Let’s play spot the French solider!

    Ryan JenkinsRyan JenkinsYıl önce
  • I gotta say, I always find myself opening EU4 after watching your videos lol

    Jergstein FeierabendJergstein FeierabendYıl önce
  • pon-tif-i-kal sheesh.

    Paul HeitkemperPaul HeitkemperYıl önce
  • Hard life even then..money power womn

    Djonny Krajkatoa S S Ir. MscDjonny Krajkatoa S S Ir. MscYıl önce
  • The Federals during the American Civil War had beautiful uniforms.

    That ChannelThat Channel2 yıl önce
  • Can anyone explain why Hungarian Soldiers in the Austrian army wore blue trousers?

    Sargent WaltonSargent Walton2 yıl önce
  • Gotta see yo troops in all dat smoke

    Sol XLSol XL2 yıl önce
  • Myriad or myriad of. Sigh, both are technically correct. :(

    Ark NewmanArk Newman2 yıl önce
  • Haha look at the french

    Life SimulatorLife Simulator2 yıl önce
  • I think soldiers should fight naked. Very intimidating.

    Bobblehead ElvisBobblehead Elvis2 yıl önce
  • There wasn't any camouflage back then

    Paul LeepoyPaul Leepoy2 yıl önce
  • In regards of usage of war paint in the Gaulic Tribes, they believed that the runes they drawn on them would protect them. And yes the Picts were called that by the Romans due to that same reason.

    TehnoSanTehnoSan2 yıl önce
  • Machine guns and political alliances were a mistake.

    WingsOfBlueEXWingsOfBlueEX2 yıl önce
  • You did point out that intimidation by means of being visible was a reason to use brightly coloured clothes, but not a reason to use brightly coloured UNIFORMS. A banner or flag would be enough to identify units from a distance but a reason to use uniforms (meaning identical or the same) was to demonstrate and contribute to order, cohesion and discipline in a unit itself. Regular soldiers followed a regula (meaning set of rules) which led to them living by an ordered regime. A regiment of regulars was a cohesive group of soldiers which had trained together, fought together, trusted each other and were worthy of trust. Seeing an unruly rabble advancing on your position might prompt well ordered infantry to deliver a whiff of grapeshot to scatter them but a well regulated force or uniformed regulars were loudly and brightly announcing that they would press through a bit of fire and they would complete that bayonet charge and they would stand and deliver ordered volleys in rapid succession vs any charge. This is why military parade and uniform inspections are still part of the military life. It's about cohesion and discipline in addition to intimidation by demonstrating your cohesion and discipline through clothing.

    LanguishVikingLanguishViking2 yıl önce
  • I hear a battlefield 1 bayonet charge sound effect! XD

    A killer PacmanA killer Pacman2 yıl önce
Why did Soldiers Fight in Colorful Uniforms? | Animated History