Which historical army had the most /fa/ uniforms and why is it the Japanese?
Represented here by modern day Chileans.
That's not the World War I French overcoat. Looks cozy and stylish.
Not even being a Naziboo, but the Wehrmacht during WW2 had pretty amazing officer uniforms. Prussia was pretty nice as well.
Clearly the prize has to go to Landschneckts though. They were incredibly /fa/.
>Makes you look like a clown
>Makes you an easy target
I've always had a soft spot for cavalry from the Napoleonic era. No matter what they did, they always managed to do it looking stylish.
aye, cavalry in every age is made to look gaudy and stylish. There's a certain charm in the light/irregular cavalry like the Kalmyck, Hackapells and colonial cavalry, though. Not in an /fa/ way, unfortunately.
Colonial units were also made to look pretty stylish.
Pic related is of Italian colonial soldiers (Somalian or Eritrean, based off the headgear), which were differentiated from the colors of their sashes and fez-tassels. The colors could get pretty elaborate, if anyone here wants to see a small image dump.
>Best military uniform in history
>Not the Roman Legion
baka desu senpai
I don't understand how they managed to design uniforms this /fa/
So what style of Jap uniform is this? I see it all the time, but for the life of me find out military branch it goes to
Oh good, because I only have about 20 images of the stuff about the uniforms, and a couple more of postcards/propaganda pieces featuring a few of the units themselves.
To start off we have the cavalry of the Italian Colonial forces, which actually was in service until the Axis surrender in Tunis in 1943, albeit they operated in the deep desert, and largely (if ever) in any meaningful capacity. But they were used pretty frequently by the Italians prior to WW2.
Imperial Japanese Army officer's uniform. It's not an exact 1:1 match, but that's the style they're going with.
Pick any of the army variants during World War 2, they all look great
USMC dress uniform is easily above average compared to what the army has been putting out, all of which looks like shit.
A 1:6 scale picture of a standard from the 5th Infantry Regiment which was composed of the 1st Eritrean brigade, stationed in Libya. No time specified for the units posting, but presumably during the early-mid 1930's.
Skipped the second page since it didn't really cover anything other than showing how colors were displayed. This page shows off the uniform and headgear worn by Italian Colonial Forces from 1933-1943 in both the A.S. (N. Africa) and A.O.I. (East Africa). The only major differences between the two are the headgear the units wore, and their organization. From what I've found, the Libyan I and II Divisions that were raised before the war started in 1940 were better equipped than the A.O.I. division, but I can't prove that for sure.
The A.O.I. had the oldest Italian colony in Italian Somalia, which had been recognized in 1911, and had a standing military force of 2,600 men. This page shows the design of their uniforms and standard from 1913/1923-1935, with a reorganization happening in 1923. These troops were known as 'Dubats', and were organized into six brigades, although how many there were at the time hostilities ceased in Italian East Africa when the British invaded I don't know, since the records were never too accurate.
God damn I miss Rhodesia and I didn't even exist back then
Maybe some drawfag should put a cute anime girl in this uniform.
On the soldier on the left, what is that pouch thing under his chin? Pic related also.
This next post is just showing off colors of various brigades that existed in Eritrea over the colonies existence.
South African Special Forces Brigade, also known as 'Recces'
Koevoet, a South African Police paramilitary unit
Showing us some standard designs for Eritrean units, this page also shows us the first of the 'Bande', which were largely irregular forces that the Italians started using in 1935. Although they proved (somewhat) effective against the Abyssians, they'd do much worse against the British, although they weren't intended as frontline units.
Technically the bag wasn't made to be worn like a backpack but on your front, instead it was made to be on your side with one strap on your shoulder and one around your waist like the guy on the left in this pic. But since it was rubberized and airtight it acted like a flotation device and apparently saved some soldiers who got stuck in deeper water during the Normandy landings by wearing the bag like that.
32 Battalion (sometimes nicknamed Buffalo Battalion or Portuguese: Os Terríveis for The Terrible Ones.) A light infantry battalion of the South African Army
More unit colors, this time for both Eritrean and Somalian brigades. Italian designations were always confusing, since many units shared the same designation over time, despite being raised, dissolved, reraised, redissolved, rereraised, etc. Still, the variety in coloring is quite impressive.
The next (and final) page covers unit colorations for the Libyan troops, which were probably some of the most experienced in the Italian army, having had to fight the Senussi throughout the 20's. Still, did them shit-for-luck when they had to fight the British, and after the losses of both the I and II divisions when the 10th Army surrendered, Rommel never saw fit to permit the raising of anymore native units. In his mind, it was partly because of the Italians reliance of native soldiers that they'd lost. That didn't quite fit with the OOB, but that's the Fox for ya.
Tbh they were better earlier before rifles became largely used
The flag in the picture has 1956-58 on it, but I'm not sure why, since these uniforms never reappeared after the '40s. But there are pictures from the days of Italian Somalia like pic related, from 1912, showing Somalian carabinieri.
But you're right, the entire look of the colonial units is distinct in how weird and cool they managed to end up being.
14th Brooklyn N.Y.S.M (84th NY VOLS.) was pretty baller.
I think tricorns are really nice.
And those would be 65/17 mountain guns the 5th battery is using, since the native divisions never had access to any heavier artillery than those. The rest would've been supplied by the Italian army proper on mobilization as regimental/divison-level attachments.
Another postcard (propaganda?) picture of A.O.I. native soldiers, this time of the XI brigade.
Don't talk shit, unless you want it buried to the hilt
Just because it's been mentioned a few times and I haven't seen anyone say it, the reason the older uniforms were much brighter, as I understand it at least, is because at the time modern military tactics like sniping, long range suppression, and targeting commanders was considered ignoble and rarely done, as was hiding.
The main goal of pre-1800's combat was to just hold out as long as you could in a straight shoot out. Part of the reason the American Civil War was so bloody is because for a good deal of the war the armies were still using the old "line up and shoot until they get scared" routine with much more accurate and powerful guns.
Also, Landsknechts a qt.
Something about those rugged British colonial troops man
I think it's the hats.
As far as Union uniforms go i've always been partial to the Iron Brigade because of their baller hats.
>s because at the time modern military tactics like sniping, long range suppression, and targeting commanders was considered ignoble and rarely done, as was hiding.
Actually colourful uniforms were a necessity due to the short range of the muskets and the large amount of smoke they created when fired, making it hard to identify friend or foe on the battlefield.
i love how in 19th century/early 20th century Western popular art or cartoons, they'd depict blacks as comical and stereotypical if they wanted to mock them, or, alternatively, just as chocolate-coloured whites if they wanted to glorify them, like in this postcard
The mule's got it pretty easy, the 65/17 was designed to be light and easy to carry. Meanwhile, some German horse is busy carrying a 10.5 field-gun.
Little trivia, but the Italian artillery in North Africa was one of the few services to be almost (if not entirely) fully motorized.
The Russian Civil War also spawned some interesting varieties, mostly on the side of the White armies, with certain units like the Kornilov Division acquiring their own distinctive appearance.
yeah there were quite a few reasons
Uniforms boosted morale and unit cohesion. It helped keep a unit functioning while under fire
Most weapons were too short range for camouflage to be useful. Even if it was, the tactics of the time required units to stand in large formations, so even if you were wearing drab clothing, you wouldn't blend in to the surroundings.
Black powder weapons produce a lot of smoke very quickly. Like a lot. its going to do more to mask your position than any camouflage would.
also, napleonic hussars best uniform
Probably not the most /fa/ uniform out there, but Ma Chung-Ying's outfit in this picture is really taking the minimalist approach, and it works. Ma Chung-Ying was a Chinese Muslim and ran one of the more far-flung provinces in the Republic, which he supported.
He got the nickname 'General Big Horse' from the large horse he rode around on all the time. He's a central figure in Sven Ander Heydin's travelogue 'On the Trail of War in Central Asia', detailing the Swedish explorer & co's travels through both the Gansu (which Ma was in charge of) and Xinjiang provinces.
It's a propaganda thing, really. The Italians weren't really very big on 'racial purity', and the emphasis behind much of their artwork, at least as it seems in regards to their colonial subjects, was in exhorting to have the proper Fascist 'spirit'.
Guess making you look at a chocolatified white guy can do the trick, although most colonial soldiers were perfectly capable at their respective jobs. Up until it came to fighting another European power, that is.
Also Danes are more attractive than other people so there's that, too.
Love carthagians and romans. Both /fa/ as fuck and really interesting
Sorry about the movie still, it was the only pic I could find in high res that showed the angle I wanted.
I really like the way this uniform fits. Also the colors work well together. I'd wear that dress shirt and tie even casually.
>Up until it came to fighting another European power, that is.
Which of course applied to the whole Italian Army.
I always wonder what the world would look like had the Nazis not risen to power. Would fascism have such a bad rep?
Almost everything from Japan from the beginning of the country's oppenign since the end of the Meiji era was based on French and Prussian stuff. Be it uniforms, weapons, technics, politics, etc.
>Christian empire with blushing blonde maids kissing soldier chastly upon the cheek, presenting him with flowers for a job well done/as a going away gift
Are we thinking of the same /pol/?