Favorite Uniforms

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Vintage lover, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. StetsonHomburg

    StetsonHomburg Practically Family

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    Nope probably not the best idea: Walk out in the middle of a field,
    wearing bright red uniforms and drumming.... lol
     
  2. kampkatz

    kampkatz Practically Family

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    Speaking of "Hogan's Heroes", the uniforms were not always correct.
    One example: Col. Crittenden actually wore a Group Captain's uniform.
     
  3. Hogan's Heroes

    The German uniforms in most TV shows and movies are wrong, only in varying degrees. No SS officers were capering about in black Allegemeine uniforms during the war years, certainly not after 1942. No one wanted to advertise his 'in the rear with the gear' status. (No, I don't believe the usual exception for dress occasions either unless shown a dated photo-yet to appear.). Yet, Major Hochstetter has clung to his sinister schwarz duds. This seems to be a Hollywood costumer's affectation and one I would endorse for its theatrical effect. Who cares?
    ("Downfall" has about the most accurate uniforms but even here, there are flaws.Film companies seem to avoid uniform cranks as consultants, and in fairness, no one can 'know it all' even though I pretend to.)
     
  4. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    From Wikipedia, and probably correct. Colonel Crittenden was an RAF officer and the RAF doesn't have Colonels, they have Group Captains. This would make the uniform correct, but the title wrong.

    Obviously the use of Major Hochstetter's black SS duds was to make him more sinister. It worked to a certain extent. I still laugh when he showed up.

    Later
     
  5. Guttersnipe

    Guttersnipe One Too Many

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    I always thought the LAPD of the 50's and 60's had a pretty smart uniform...

    ...that looks especially good when custom tailored by the wardrobe department to fit TV cops lol

    [​IMG]
     
  6. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Always...

    ...if you are issued with a service shirt (Police or Military) take it to a good tailor and get it custom fitted, and if you can get away with it (some services won't allow this), get the creases stitched in. It pays to look sharp Gents, really it does! ;)
    I still (even on my civvie shirts and pants) use starch to get a crease to cut yourself on. The right people 'do notice!'
     
  7. Sharp Dressed Man


    This is absolutely true. I work at a bank in the headquarters and such small things (like a good spit shine too) do not go unnoticed. The rainy days that take the crease out of trousers from the knee down are H.ll! (I have posted before without satisfactory response on the wonder of how men kept their trouser creases at work before 'sta-pressed', which still doesn't work very well.)
     
  8. Well said, although I never got my creases stiched in. American servicemen used to also press (with starch) the old Utilities and BDUs (although you weren't supposed to). Do you still have your Army uniforms, Paddy? I recall you telling me that you were in the service when a younger lad...
     
  9. Phantomfixer

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    I had creases stitched in to my USAF dress blue shirt while in recruiting. My commander loved the look but was against regs so in the trash went the shirts. Army and USMC did it and looked great....
     
  10. You actually admit that you were a recruiter?!;) What do you think of the new USAF class A's, with the cloth belt?
     
  11. Cobden

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    Ah, but in the era before smokeless powder, telephones, radio, and modern ammunition, very practical indeed. The fear wasn't being spotted by the enemy - one had to stand up to load and fire a musket in any case, and massed bodies of infantry was the only practical way of fighting during the period, camouflage would have been a waste of time (excluding for those in specialist skirmishing/hit and run/guerilla roles, such as as rifleman). A far greater fear would be the commander not knowing what was going on on the battlefield and losing control of his troops. The red coat was obvious amongst the white smoke, the drums were an effective communications devise that could be heard of a battlefield, the colours and facings marked out which unit was which...in many respects, the British were ahead of other countries regular forces in this regard - having the most easily-spottable infantry (some countries wore white uniforms...rather impractical in the gunsmoke of a battlefield considering the above). And we did adopt khaki in the tropics and drab in temperate climes before anyone else. ;)
     
  12. Phantomfixer

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    Haven't seen the cloth belt but I am sure it looks sharp on the young airmen. Recruiting wasn't bad. But I did go back to my airplanes after my 4 year stint in recruiting.
     
  13. Mr Vim

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    I don't know if someone said this before, and I don't care because it needs to be reiterated.

    I love the old Army (and at one point Coast Guard) uniforms from WWII, the khaki slacks with those Ike Jackets... man, and while I was in, the Army voted on their new dress uniform, I voted like mad for the the Khaki and we got the Army blues instead. About a year later I was in the Coast Guard.

    There's two opinions for you!
     
  14. KilroyCD

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    Apparently one of the Polizia was better at wearing the uniform than driving the Gallardo.
    [​IMG]

    Getting back on topic though, I tend to agree with Soren. The RAF Battle Dress uniform is a definite favourite, and perhaps the tropical is my very favourite.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. kwitie

    kwitie New in Town

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  16. Teabag1927

    Teabag1927 Familiar Face

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    If you mean Waffen-SS uniforms, i'll speak up and take the flak for you, they're pretty good looking! :D
     
  17. I also "voted" for the khakis, but I suppose that the Army brass didn't want us looking like Naval officers...I was happy about the Dress Blues becoming our Class As again after so many decades, but realize that they are a bit too dressy for "casual" wear. I think that in a few years someone will re-think this...
     
  18. Molto bene! And the swords do it for me...
     
  19. 1961MJS

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    Hi

    It's been YEARS since I actually saw someone in anything buy fatigues, either BDU's or ACU's, or whatever the USAF calls theirs now. I think that the blue looks better than the old green ones, but not as well as the pinks and greens. I work in aerospace, and see a lot of military types, but none are in anything resembling a dress uniform.

    Later
     
  20. StetsonHomburg

    StetsonHomburg Practically Family

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    I am fully aware of that but when I said that I was addressing vintage lover when he said they aren't the best for modern guerilla warfare. Plus we were talking in a more joking manner.
     

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