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Introduction of the Beret History

Do You Know the History about“Beret”?

Talking about berets, most of  us usually linked with a passionate and energetic military career. In fact, beret has nothing to do with the army, dating back to 15th century in France. Shepherds in the Pilois region of southwestern France generally wore a round Corn-less  caps called beret made of brown wool. The hat is handsome and practical, wearing it on the head to protect against the sun and rain,  to remove it you can wipe sweat, or to put it on the ground as a cushion.

Berets first appeared in the British army during the World War I. Whereas, berets were popular in the British and American armies during World War II.Since then,the British and American army firstly use the color of berets to distinguish the arms and has been accepted and followed by many countries among the rest of the world. As you know,the dark blue berets are one of the symbols of the UN peacekeeping forces and then the berets have become inextricably related to international humanitarian concerns.The paratroopers’ berets are red, the airborne crew’s berets are khaki and so on.


1916 witnessed the service of tank at the Battle of the Man River. Major General Hugh Hugh Elles, commander of the British tank force, puzzled with the officers’ hats.Infantry helmets and brims are too big to get in or out of tanks, and it is difficult to put their eyes on the periscope of tank. In 1917, when the British Tank Corps and the French Alpine Army named Chasseur Alpin, trained together, Elles found that the French berets is a good things for tanks. French beret is loose but firm, Elles also felt too feminine, so he made a compromise between the Basque Beret and the Scotch Bale, and designed the British tank beret, which was the beginning of the modern beret. Tank soldiers work in a greasy, less dirty black environment, so Elles designated the British tank army’s berets as black.

In 1924, British armored forces formally adopted black berets, and then, black berets have become “international standards” for armored berets including Nazi German armored forces.there are many folk berets are woolen, British berets are made of woolen fabric. Berets are soft hats without eaves. When they are not used, they can be folded up or even regimented. For example, it is more comfortable to wear berets when marching, and steel helmets can be hung around the waist. In a battle, soldiers fold up the berets and put them under the straps. It doesn’t matter if you don’t take up space. The Beret Hat is suitable for the needs of the modern war environment.


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