Uniforms used to be chosen
to be pretty or stylish or foppish depending on what King, Queen or Emperor
happened to be on the throne at the time.
<< for example, this fine
gentleman from the 'Rum Corps' cuts a fine figure, but can he fight?
Up to and even during the
early years of the Boer war the British army had stylish scarlet tunics
with white cross-belts. As the Boers said, 'They make a dammed fine
The Australian army has always needed to consider
serviceability, durability and cost as we have never had a large peace
time army with little to do except 'polish it's brass ware".
Australia has always waited until a war starts and then we raise a
civilian army, equip it for war, not the parade ground and send it off.
This has led to jackets that actually keep the cold out, hats that
keep the rain out of your eyes and the sun off your neck, boots that
last through a tough campaign.
On this page and it's offshoots we
will look at uniforms through the years, both Australian and enemy.