When it comes to berets, I believe military fans have seen them.
Today, military police and related organizations in many countries use them as standard hats.Personally, compared with many military caps, berets have the advantage of being easy to wear, folding, and accommodating, and the type of berets is not a single one, and it is more beautiful to wear. However, I would like to ask members a question. Although beret is common, how much do you know about its historical origin?
If you want to know more, please read further.
Originated in France
Berets in English as “Beret”, its history can be traced back to the 15th century. It is recorded that the shepherds of southwestern France liked to wear a dome made of brown wool at that time. What was the reason for this?
The hat is beautiful and practical, wearing it on the head to protect against the wind and rain, removing it to wipe sweat, or putting it on the ground as a cushion.By 1889, France’s Chasseurs Alpins Alps was firstly use berets as their own military caps.
The British Army is the most widely used.
Who first assigned the berets to the army on a large scale? That’s a British army.
During the World War I, British tank troops began looking for a new cap to replace the khaki cap. At that time, the tank is still a new things, the tank crew in a small space, wearing an old military cap, will affect their sights.
Over the next few years, British tanks found a beret made in black woolen is perfect. The beret rim is fitted with black leather and is tightened by a rope at the back of the head. The practical cap soon became famous in the army.
During the World War II, berets had spread rapidly among the British armies. Different troops wear berets of different colors so as to distinct easily. The famous British special aircrew used a beret with a yellowish brown beret and a maroon beret for the airborne unit, which was the Red Devils unit in D-day airborne combat.
American army’s green-flat cap
In fact, some US special forces have been used berets in bulk since 1950s. In 1961, the green berets became the standard military cap in the Special Forces, and members of the Special Forces wore green berets to distinguish them from the rest of armies.
President John F. Kennedy was said to have helped a lot for recognition of beret , considering that the green beret is one of the highest symbols of courage and achievement in the American military.”Later, the Army Special Forces of the US rapidly developed, “Green Berets” fame, become the synonyms of the Army Special Forces.
In the Vietnam War film “Green Berets,” all the members wear “Green flat hats.”After the Vietnam War, some units in the US Army and Air Force began to use berets. Since 2002, the military has decided to use black berets as the Army’s standard caps.
However, to change hats also caused a great uproar, what is the case?
Here’s the thing. According to the U. S. military dress code, the Army Rangers are black berets, Special Forces are green, Airborne are maroon, and black berets are considered elite caps. The army’s move to change its black berets has provoked resentment from veterans such as the Rangers, who believe that only elite troops are eligible to wear black berets.Therefore, they organized a campaign to save the black berets”. Veterans organized joint signatures and other operations, and handed over the signatures of tens of thousands of veterans to the then US President George W. Bush. Asking Bush to intervene in the Army’s decision.
Eventually, Army officials decided to formally use mud as a match for Army Rangers Berets in 2002, replacing the previous black berets. The Airborne Department continued to use chestnut berets, and special forces continued to use green berets. Other units wear black berets.