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Grenadier Guards, 1889

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Why did the British wear red coats in battle?

During the recent royal wedding, the millions around the world saw that
Prince William chose to wear a uniform that included the famous British
“red coat.” Many people have asked, “why did the British wear red coats in battle?”
A long time ago, Britain and France were at war. During one battle, the
French captured a British Colonel. They took him to their headquarters,
and the French General began to question him.

Finally, as an afterthought, the French General asked, “Why do you British
officers all wear red coats? Don’t you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?”

In his casual, matter-of-fact, way, the officer informed the General that
the reason British officers wear red coats is so that if they are shot, the
blood won’t show, and the men they are leading won’t panic.

And that is why, from that day forward, all French Army officers wear brown trousers.

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Paul Knatz - July 30, 2011

Hi, Daria, thanx for the link.
Red Coats: My sergeant said to me, What do you do if a phosphorous bomb lands near you and you get some on your arm? What does your military mind tell you to do?
Well, Sergeant, I’d reach for my bayonet with my other hand, and I’d cut the broiling flesh from my infected arm.
And what, he asked, would you do if you reached for your bayonet and it was lost, not in your scabbard? What does your military mind tell you to do?
I’d reach around behind me, grab a handful of shit, and smear it all over the phosphorus infection.
And what, he asked, would you do if you reached behind you and there was no shit there?
It would be there, Sergeant, Oh, it would be there.

Erik Perse - August 1, 2011

I’ve heard several variations of this joke before. A classic.

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