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Postby Imad » 16 Feb 2012 17:44


A German account I just read of combat between Fallschirmjaeger and the Canadians in Holland in 1944 describes the Canadians as having uniforms which were a shade greener than the brown uniforms of British troops.

I'm wondering if there really was such a difference or if it was perhaps a mistaken observation in the German account.

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Postby HFK » 16 Feb 2012 19:19

There was some difference in color, but the main distinction was that Canadian uniforms were made of much better material than British uniforms.
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Postby Sewer King » 19 Feb 2012 05:18

This cropped photo may have scanned more gray than the green of the original printing. But it does show the color difference of British and Canadian battle dress uniforms, in:

British and Canadian Armies WW2 Battle Dress, color difference.jpg
Canadian Battledress

Canadian BD was made from September 1939, according to the British 1937 pattern. The first batches were issued in October of the same year. Except for the shade -- a greeny bronze color -- Canadian battledress was identical in its cut and shape to its English counterpart ...

Emphasis mine in bold. Other authors such as the Mollo brothers may have mentioned this color difference.

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Postby Imad » 19 Feb 2012 13:03

Thanks for the info gentlemen. Learned something new.

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Postby A.C.E. van T. » 26 Mar 2012 23:20

There's also another issue.
The Germans also used all kinds of cuptured uniforms or fabrics,like the Dutch pre-war uniforms and the Eatern-Battalions still wore their own somewhat addapted ones.

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