They say your clothes speak for you, which is true on some levels. Sometimes, depending on what someone wears, we can somehow tell if someone is young or old, conservative or liberated, rich or poor. This also applies to the military and the uniforms that the soldiers wear. What they wear are reflections of their rank, while the decorations speak for their experiences and promotions. Military uniforms could also send out certain messages and impressions to the enemies. At the grassroots, uniforms should protect the wearers from weather, bullets, and the other dangers of war without restricting them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and what’s sadder is that these design mistakes could cost the lives of the soldiers.

High, Stiff Leather Collar

In Europe during the 18th century, impractical uniforms were a thing that rules were implemented on hairstyles, towering helmets, and heavily buttoned boots with the purpose of maintaining discipline among the soldiers, regardless of how impractical these were. One of these was the high, stiff leather collar called the stock worn by Britain’s Royal Marines and the US Marine Corps. The collar was thick and three and a half inches wide. Its intent was to force the wearer to keep their chin high and their neck unbent.  It might have also been useful in warding off sword and cutlass blows to the neck.  In practical use, however, the collar made it difficult for Marines to turn their heads to use the sights on their rifles and limited also limited their mobility when using edged weapons.  They were adopted around 1798 and finally discarded in 1875.