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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 3:47 a.m. PST

Please see comment on previous--and overlapping--poll.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 5:19 a.m. PST

Please see comment on white pants.

Basically, for any force for any genre that wore white uniforms, it was a horrible idea. And still is.

Ever wonder how many Napoleonic soldiers were wearing faded periwinkle or light pink pants? Probably way more shades of bleached khaki and grey, but, still …

von Schwartz ver 221 Feb 2021 5:56 a.m. PST

Basically, for any force for any genre that wore white uniforms, it was a horrible idea. And still is.

Not really, even Napoleon noted that he wished the French has stuck with white uniforms as they were so much easier to maintain. Remember, washing was a luxury, if the white uniform got dirty, they often didn't wash it, they just rubbed white chalk on it, BAM, your uniform is now WHITER than WHITE. Also, no muss and fuss about matching dyes, white is white. They didn't have color fast dyes back then. With a blue, or red, or green uniform, the first rain storm, BAM, dingy grey. White uniform first rain storm, well still dingy grey/white.

von Schwartz ver 221 Feb 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Umm, why are there 2 polls on the same topic? This is the second poll regarding least favorite Napoleonic uniforms in as many days.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 6:53 a.m. PST

Any that I have to paint.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 8:07 a.m. PST

No question my least favourite Napoleonic uniforms are Prussian post 1807 but in fairness they are also among the easiest to paint

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Feb 2021 9:12 a.m. PST

Umm, why are there 2 polls on the same topic?

That's how he proposed it. grin One for major powers, one for all powers.

advocate21 Feb 2021 10:03 a.m. PST

Now that is ridiculous.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 10:17 a.m. PST

Remember, washing was a luxury, if the white uniform got dirty, they often didn't wash it, they just rubbed white chalk on it, BAM, your uniform is now WHITER than WHITE.

Did not know that. Chalk in the vicinity of blue (or any other dark colour) jackets, shoes, and hats doesn't seem like a good idea, either.

Also, I can't imagine this lasts for much longer than five minutes after morning inspection. In the USN, we had many people who thought some white paint, chalk, shoe polish, etc. would cover a mark on their white uniforms. Not really, and not for long.

rmaker21 Feb 2021 12:49 p.m. PST

It wasn't chalk, it was pipeclay.

And wargamers need to quit thinking of "white" in modern terms. First, white sheep aren't bright white. They are either very pale gray or cream colored. Second, no chemical bleaches were available. Third, standards of personal cleanliness were rather lower two centuries ago.

von Schwartz ver 223 Feb 2021 5:08 p.m. PST

Picky picky picky!!!

von Schwartz ver 223 Feb 2021 5:13 p.m. PST

Most uniforms, white, blue, gray, green, even red after a few rainstorms, marching all day on dusty roads, under the baking sun, would all fade to nice drab grey/beige/mud color in a short time. Remember, in addition to no bleach, no color fast dyes!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2021 1:20 p.m. PST

Almost anything from Scandinavia. Some of that headgear was a joke….unless the idea was to induce such mirth that no enemy could steady his aim

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