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42flanker16 Aug 2021 2:29 a.m. PST

Is there any indication that in the Mediterranean countries or Middle east, 'Western' soldiery wore headgear to protect them from the sun on the line of march?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2021 2:36 p.m. PST

Soldiers always do whatever they can to be more comfortable. I know I'd sling my helmet and wear something cooler. Copy the locals, they know.

uglyfatbloke19 Aug 2021 5:04 a.m. PST

x2 for Extra Crispy.

Griefbringer19 Aug 2021 10:17 a.m. PST

At least in the later Middle Ages, it was typical also for the "Western" civilians to wear some kind of hat when outdoors. Soldiers would have behaved similarly when not wearing helmet and armour.

Travelling to hotter climates, they would probably maintain the practice, though possibly also adopting headgear in local fashions if it would prove more practical.

42flanker20 Aug 2021 6:36 a.m. PST

Well, indeed, as one might suppose.

I was wondering if there were contemporary illustrations or textual references.

The best I have seen is one illustration in the mid-C20th Bruhn & Tilke 'Pictorial History of Costume,' apparently based on a C15th Italian fresco, showing a man-at-arms in plate armour but wearing a smart wide-brimmed hat, turned up like a rodeo rider's stetson.

Augustus20 Aug 2021 4:01 p.m. PST

Hence a viable reason for the rise of Turcopoles.

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