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Tango0122 Nov 2019 10:27 p.m. PST

"Canadian military dress in South Africa was very similar to that used by the British Army. The experience of colonial wars in the nineteenth century convinced the British to abandon red coats for their soldiers and adopt khaki-coloured clothing, which helped the troops blend in with the landscape. The word "khaki" is believed to derive from the Hindi word for dust, and it was in India that British troops first wore the colour as regulation dress.

When Canada offered a contingent for service in South Africa in October 1899, there were no stocks of khaki uniforms available, and they had to be manufactured in a matter of weeks. W.E. Sandford Manufacturing Company of Hamilton, Ontario, undertook this task. Since there were no supplies of the standard strong but pliable British military fabric available, however, the company made the Canadian uniforms from canvas…"
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