Uniforms of the Greek Army

Uniforms of the Greek Army

Uniform, supplied free of charge to the Greek soldiers, first appeared as an institution in 1822; the first regular battalion, under the command of Colonel Rodios, in 1824, wore the Greek traditional “foustanella”.

Uniform has always been a characteristic distinctive mark for regular armies, but it came to a broader use in the 17th century, when the institution of regular armies prevailed.

The Hellenic army followed this rule, too. Even before the Independence Revolution in 1821, Rigas Ferreos refers to the army uniform in his “Constitution of the Hellenic State”, while Dimitrios Ipsilandis, immediately after the burst of the independence struggle, organizing the first unit, at semi-battalion level, supplied all his men with black uniforms, thus initializing the use of a uniform.

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