Why did the British wear red coats in battle?
During the recent royal wedding, the millions around
the world saw that Prince William chose to wear a
uniform that included the famous British “red coat.”
Many people have asked, “Why did the British wear red
coats in battle?”
A long time ago, Britain and France were at war.
During one battle, the French captured a British
Colonel. They took him to their headquarters, and the
French General began to question him. Finally, as an
afterthought, the French General asked, “Why do you
British officers all wear red coats? Don’t you know
the red material makes you easier targets for us to
In his casual, matter-of-fact, way, the officer
informed the General that the reason British officers
wear red coats is so that if they are wounded, the
blood won’t show, and the men they are leading won’t
And that is why, from that day forward, all French
Army officers wear brown trousers.