most interesting head dress - Page 2

September 13th, 2004  
"berets start falling from the sky"

salute the rainbow...

Eh, I always thought those Italians had some pretty special headgear
September 14th, 2004  
We've got a few different beret colours as well.

Blue (AF)
Black (Navy)
Green (Army)
Red (MP's or SAR)
September 14th, 2004  
The word Beret comes from the latin "birrus" or "birrum", originated from the Greek, "birros" - kind of hat- and "purros": brown, reddish.
Noah, after 40 days on the arch, found some wool stuck together by water and according to the legend, came up with the material the Beret is made of.
Developed and worn in south west of France by sheperds (lamb wool), the Beret eventually changed size and color and became everybody's everyday head dress in France where the world BERET was first reported in 1461.

The beret was worn by everybody in the 50ies, kids included....Now it is more like a regional hat (south west, Mediterranean) or the object of caricatures to depict your average Frenchie: beret, baguette, liter of red wine!!

The Army still carries it: Dark blue for most of it, Green for foreign Legion, red for Airborne troops, light blue for Army helicopter personnel. The mountain infantry has a oversized one covering the whole left side of the face and neck.
It is usually purchased one size smaller than needed, artificially worn out and rolled until it really gets the right shape. The metalic insignas is always fitted on top of the right eye and never on the regular fitting place.
It is always rolled and stuck on the belt or pocketed when not worn in order to keep the shape. It is not coming coming with the 2 ribbons in the back anymore.

We are proud of our berets and of our Kepis, another interesting head dress!
September 14th, 2004  
Canadian SARTEC Berets. THey're neon orange.
September 15th, 2004  
If we are not limiting this, then my vote goes to Aztec war head-dresses as the most visually insteresting headgear.
September 15th, 2004  
As mentioned earlier in this thread, the Italians have some interesting headgear(!)

Here's a link to show you what I mean

Select "equipaggiamenti - Uniformi e Accessori - Uniformi"

Then, at the bottom of the page, select "I Copricapo" and you'll get to the headgear

Peacekeeper said:
I think the most different head dress I have seen is Italian. During my service in Kosovo I met some Italian guys with some kind of knitted cap.
Check out the "Fez da bersagliere" - I think this is the one Peacekeeper is referring to

September 16th, 2004  
The Bolivan Miltary cerimonal uniforms. Shakos, Kepis and dragoon helmets. Wish I could find a link.
September 16th, 2004  
Here is the Bersaglieri hat with feathers....they don't march but run ....or ride!
October 1st, 2004  
The only Regt in the British Army to wear a black Beret are the Tankies. Most of the rest wear the the Blue Beret apart from the infantry regts who wear Khaki. the SAS who wear Tan, the Paras who wear Dark Red the MPs Bright Red. The Green Beret is worn by the Royal Marines, the RAF wear RAF Blue Berets an the Navy wear Navy Blue. There! How interesting can you get. I am not going to go into Tam o'Shanters and the like
October 1st, 2004  
Holy cow those are some wierd looking things...