In many armies of the world, berets indicate affiliation using their units to elite troops. Let us examine their history and variations in different types of troops.
Given the practicality beret informal its use in Europe has military goals. An example is the blue beret, which became a symbol of Scottish armed forces in the 16th and 17th centuries. As an official military headgear takes was used during the war for the inheritance of the Spanish Crown in 1830 by order of General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, who wanted no-cost way to make hats resistant to the vagaries of the weather in the mountains, easy to clean and to use for special occasions .
Other countries followed suit, after the creation of the French Alpine rangers in the early 1880s. These mountain troops wore, which included several features innovative for its time. Including large berets, which still exist.
Berets have features that make them very attractive for the military: they are cheap, can be manufactured in a wide range of colors, can be rolled up and stuffed into a pocket or under the shoulder straps can be worn with headphones (which is one reason why the tankers took beret) . Beret was found particularly useful for the crews of armored vehicles, and the British Tank Corps (later the Royal Tank Corps) took the headdress in 1918.
After World War 1, when the question of changes in official uniforms considered at a high level, General Elles, who was a propagandist berets, brought another argument - during maneuvers to take comfortable to sleep and it can be used as a liner. After much debate, the Ministry of Defence, black beret was officially approved by the decree of His Majesty on March 5, 1924. Black beret remain the exclusive privileges of the Royal Tank Corps for quite a while. Then the practicality of this headdress was seen others and by 1940 all British armored units began to wear black berets.
German tank crews in the late 1930s also took picks and a mild slam inside. Black color became popular in the headdresses of tank crews, because it is not visible oil stains.