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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 08:53:10 EDT
"The grand and impressive 18th century army uniforms enhanced the prestige of
the army, helped attract recruits and distinguished units from one another.
While British soldiers were famous as "redcoats," and the French soldiers
usually wore blue or white coats, the choice of uniform was often left up to the
regiment's colonel. So, there were also French redcoats, and British units in
blue. The resulting confusion caused several military disasters where soldiers
fired on friendly troops, or fatally held their fire against enemy troops whom
they believed to be on their side."