The Battle of Waterloo took place on June 19, 1815, so 2015 marks the two hundredth anniversary. The UK is crammed full of exhibitions and commemorations. The battle and its aftermath changed the face of Europe for the next hundred years, so it’s a real landmark.
Enough of that. It also contained men in some of the sexiest uniforms ever created. Writers from Georgette Heyer to Bernard Cornwell created some of the most memorable heroes, not to mention sexy!
Uniforms could be almost any color, although the British army was predominantly red and the French army mostly blue. However, jackets of red, blue and green could be seen in each army, and everything from fancy gold lacing to plain brass buttons. Not forgetting the Highlanders! The Black Watch were notable by their plaids, for instance. Khaki was a long time in the future.
Some of them were translated to the screen. There are so many films that mention Waterloo, and so many books, that a full list would be just that—a list. So I’ve selected the ones I’m most familiar with—some classics and some popular novels.
Army uniforms were a lot less “uniform” than today, especially the ones worn on the battlefield. While colorful uniforms are still apparent in the ceremonial and dress uniforms, todays armies wear a form of khaki or camouflage as their everyday dress. Not so in the early nineteenth century.