Order of Dress: An overview of Rifle Officers’ uniform, 1797 -1820

At the conception of the British Army’s first Rifle-armed unit in Winter 1797, the new 5th Battalion of the 60th Regiment elected to model their uniform on the fashionable dress of the hussar regiments of the day; enlisted men of the Rifle battalion were issued with jackets of a familiar hussar-cut with distinctive pointed cuffs on their sleeves, and two rows of false buttons down their chest. The initial adoption of pantaloons too, opposed to the standard straight-legged trousers of the line regiments, reveals much about the
these influences are more visible in the clothing worn by officers of the Rifle corps

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