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Kilts In WW1
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:18 PM UTC
I've seen kit figures of kilted WW1 soldiers. Did people actually wear them in wartime? I could see than during the Napoleonic Wars, but I should think they would be obsolete in later eras.
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 01:58 PM UTC

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I've seen kit figures of kilted WW1 soldiers. Did people actually wear them in wartime? I could see than during the Napoleonic Wars, but I should think they would be obsolete in later eras.



Laddie, the kilt will be obsolete only when real men are obsolete.
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 02:07 PM UTC

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I've seen kit figures of kilted WW1 soldiers. Did people actually wear them in wartime? I could see than during the Napoleonic Wars, but I should think they would be obsolete in later eras.



Laddie, the kilt will be obsolete only when real men are obsolete.



yes the kilt was worn in battle during WW1, the Germans referred to us as the devils in skirts, such was the fighting prowess of Scottish soldiers
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 06:47 PM UTC

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yes the kilt was worn in battle during WW1, the Germans referred to us as the devils in skirts, such was the fighting prowess of Scottish soldiers


Or the ladies from hell.
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 08:54 PM UTC
5-second Google image search for "WW1 Scottish soldiers" :




On a side note, kilts were also worn by at least one South African unit. These soldiers are wearing the “Murray of Atholl” (modern) kilts which was the dominant tartan worn by the South African Scottish in the 4th South African Infantry Regiment :



H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:21 AM UTC
The other reason I thought of this question:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZNcxC_u_pc

Ironically I see plenty of figures of female IDF soldiers when females never go into fighting areas in the IDF, if what I read is true.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 04:44 AM UTC
Certain Canadian Highland Regiments wore kilts in battle in WW1. The Germans called them the Ladies from Hell.In WW2, the Canadian Highland Regiments only wore them for ceremonial parades and not in combat. All the Canadian Regiments were closely tied to their British parent Regiments and wore the same tartan kilts. Best regards.....Dale
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC
In World War II, kilts were worn by the BEF in 1940 with plain khaki covers over them. If I remember correctly it's one of the uniforms illustrated in the book World War II Uniforms in color Photographs

It was enough for me to convert an Airfix 1/32 multi pose figure into a Black Watch soldier in Battledress with the kilt.

Osprey MAA Wellington Infantry and Elite Wellington Highlanders both mention numerous accounts of kilted regiments converting their kilts into trews on campaign. Black Watch did in the American Revolution and Cameroons did in New Orleans in 1814.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 05:21 AM UTC
Thanks for the info Steven, I was unaware the BEF wore them in 1940. That is the great thing about this site, You learn something new all the time on here. Best regards.....Dale
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 02:53 PM UTC
https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=6A68A4046FE995A89D52E4E113DA438AB67F9291&thid=OIP.tfnSAFAZ3nVBshbWKVE7AAAAAA&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2F736x%2F15%2Fef%2Fbb%2F15efbbd1267fa7cbdffcfdfcbf937543--ww-soldiers-wwi.jpg&exph=640&expw=354&q=ww1+scottish+soldiers&selectedindex=7&qpvt=ww1+scottish+soldiers&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=0,6

Seems not every kilt had a tartan, unless this is a cover. Then again, materials have a way of running out of stock during wartime.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 03:34 PM UTC

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https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=6A68A4046FE995A89D52E4E113DA438AB67F9291&thid=OIP.tfnSAFAZ3nVBshbWKVE7AAAAAA&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2F736x%2F15%2Fef%2Fbb%2F15efbbd1267fa7cbdffcfdfcbf937543--ww-soldiers-wwi.jpg&exph=640&expw=354&q=ww1+scottish+soldiers&selectedindex=7&qpvt=ww1+scottish+soldiers&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=0,6

Seems not every kilt had a tartan, unless this is a cover. Then again, materials have a way of running out of stock during wartime.

This is a kilt cover.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:44 PM UTC
"Scottish Highland soldiers leave for France in WW2" :





"First World War photograph of Scottish soldiers in the Canadian army" :



H.P.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:01 AM UTC
http://www.blackdog.cz/products/fig/f35209/1.jpg

I guess these are kilt covers then. Especially since the are flat rather than pleated like kilts typically are.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:21 AM UTC

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Especially since the are flat rather than pleated like kilts typically are.



...and they have a pocket on the front.

H.P.