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Around 1700, the first attempts to create a common uniform for the regular army can be observed. The imperial decree sets the colour of the Austrian army to be white. The imperial decree further describes other parts of clothing only in general, and thus single regiments differ in terms of some details. In general it might be said that this uniform included a shirt with a low collar, a long white scarf tied around the neck, which was the forerunner of a cravat, a long camisole worn over the shirt, and a sleeved-vest. Over the vest, a long jacket with a single line of buttons was worn. The only detail, in which the single regiments differed, were the cuffs, whose colour depended on the colour ascribed to the given regiment. The cuffs were usually buttoned to the sleeve by 3 to 5 buttons. Short knee-long trousers were supplemented by over-knee stockings, fastened by a strap under the knee. The army usually wore low leather shoes with shoelaces, officers and non-commissioned officers used a buckle instead of the shoelaces. Sometimes the regiments differed in terms of colour of their camisoles, stockings, or trousers. On their heads, they wore a three-edged hat with a white rim on the top.

ARMS AND CLOTHING:

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ARMS:

On the belt made of natural leather, a sword and a bayonet were hung separately. A large leather bag for cartridges and other arms, hung across the shoulder on a leather strap, was also used. Arms included a long ‘flint and steel’ rifle with a smooth barrel.