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At the beginning of the war, the armies of most warring states were outfitted with a special field uniform, camouflaged to blend into the terrain, in addition to their colorful parade uniforms. Such a camouflage uniform was necessary because of modern weapons technology including smokeless powder. This was already well known from the Boer Wars and the Russo-Japanese War. Still, camouflage uniforms dated back to the colonial wars of the 19th century. Based on experience in India, Great Britain had already introduced a khaki-colored combat uniform in 1902. As to t…

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Kraus, Jürgen, “Uniforms”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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