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A question regarding British officers and bicornes.
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:38:52 pm »
As I was casually looking at some pictures of British regiments during the Peninsular campaign, I stumbled upon a lot sketches and drawings showing British officers wearing bicornes instead of their regulation shakos. This made me wonder: how common was it actually for British officers to wear bicornes instead of shakos?

If there's anybody with more knowledge of this subject than me; I'd sure appreciate any new info.
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Re: A question regarding British officers and bicornes.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 03:14:38 am »
What year are the plates depicting? I do believe the British officers officially stopped wearing bicornes in 1812 and of course senior officers continued to wear bicorns throughout the war.

NOTE I do not have any direct sources except my personal memory concerning this
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Re: A question regarding British officers and bicornes.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 10:39:31 am »
The plates depict the period of 1810-1812.
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Re: A question regarding British officers and bicornes.
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 05:00:42 pm »
If it's from the Peninsular and after 1812 then it's highly likely that the officers depicted just hadn't bought regulation shakos yet, so they kept wearing their old bicornes.

There was basically no way to enforce these new regulations on troops that had been in Spain for the past few years, after all.
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