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British Redcoats and American Rebels
Some historians tend to spread stories about the dumb British who dressed up their troops in bright red uniforms and lined them up in rigid formations so that the brave (and smart) American revolutionaries hiding in bushes could shoot at them at their pleasure.
However, other scholars contend that there was, after all, a certain logic behind this idiocy. They argue that brightly colored coats and rigid formations were used to enforce the discipline and to improve the soldiers’ morale. First, they claim, if the troops were dressed up in red uniforms and lined up in a square or rectangular formation, it would be very easy ...