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Isn't it odd how facial hair defines an era? From the 1690s until the 1830s no self respecting English gentleman would have been seen dead with a beard or a moustache. Soldiers had to be clean shaven, unlike their French opponents who encouraged moustaches in elite units such as Grenadiers and Hussars (although interestingly moustaches were banned in the Horse Grenadiers of the Guard).
Beards became fashionable in the Victorian era. In the 1880s beards went out but everyone had a moustache. Moustaches got smaller in the 20th Century until John F Kennedy and Prince Philip made them unfashionable. The Napoleonic Royal Navy did not allow beards, but as with the Army the Victorian Navy allowed beards but when the Army banned beards in the 1880s the Navy continues to this day to allow them. Strangely, moustaches are not allowed in the Navy. The RAF allowed moustaches not beards until, controversially, this was changed a couple of years ago.
Thats very true, and it is indeed interesting how the different parts of the armed forces apply regulations on it over time.
I would say as well as facial hair/hairstyles, even uniforms of the past have had been influenced by fashion of the time. WSS a case in point... those curly wigs and big coats were all part of civilian society of the time.
Then you have modern military units having some form of camo pattern. The styles used between the nations is quite interesting with the various patterns used. Of course as time goes by, these camo patterns too are subject to change.
But I suppose all fashion changes over time, or makes a comeback later. I have seen some teenagers (& a few adults!) recently sporting hairstyles last seen in the 80s!!!
Not sure why everyone is in a lather over these - they are obviously Napoleonic highlanders in a firing line, and are fully accurate as such. I think the "Thin Red Line" reference is just some misdirection from Strelets.