British Military Uniforms of the Colonial Era
The British military uniforms are probably the most famous uniforms of history. The cry of Paul Revere and the other riders was, "The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!"The red uniforms were made of a hat, shirt, waistcoat, white breeches (short pants), gaiters (leggings), boots, and a red coat. British grenadiers wore bearskin hats and coats. The synchronized red uniforms made the British look dignified and in one. When the British marched and fought in straight lines while wearing the same clothes, they intimidated their opponents. The soldiers also marched to the beat of a drummer. The Americans wore waistcoats and regular shoes and fought in skewed groups. The British also had cavalry, or horse-riding soldiers. The Americans didn't. With the help of Hessian soldiers, who had to adapt their uniforms due to the climate of New England, and the British privateer navy, the British had control for most of the war. Because Britain used to rule America, Britain had followers in America helping them too. These people were called Loyalists because they were loyal to the British. Also, another uniform worn by the British was the clothing of the Native Americans who sided with the British because if the Americans won, the Indian's land would then be taken away by the colonists.