Photographs of Allied troops have found their way into family albums through wartime friendship.
" I never saw two French soldiers dressed the same "
British soldiers wore a uniform tunic in action and would don a greatcoat on top in cold weather.
Traditionally the French wore a greatcoat (Capote) with the front skirts buttoned back from the legs in action. In cold weather they added a tunic (Veste) underneath.
On the front of the French Adrienne helmet was a pressed metal badge indicating the branch of service; a flaming grenade for infantry, crossed cannon for artillery; this device was repeated on the buttons. Buttons were originally brass but due to wartime economies they became alloy painted horizon blue.