Sgt. Daawud Horne, dressed in a 1859 Marine Corps uniform, participates in the 241st Marine Corps birthday uniform pageant on the parade deck at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps/Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr. Fashion does, in fact, play a large role in the design of military uniforms. Throughout history, nations who succeeded in wars tended to set the fashionable uniform styles for others, which is why the Marine Corps borrowed the quatrefoil from the French sometime shortly before the Civil War (and a long long time after the Revolutionary War). Many nations at the time were adopting French military styles as a result of the French armys success in the Italian War of 18591861, Conner said. This fact completely dispels the legend of the quatrefoil, which claims the design originated in the Revolutionary War so friendly sharpshooters atop ship riggings could distinguish Marines from the enemy. The lore of the Corps is that officers fastened the ropes to their hats, Conner added. The big catch of the legend is that, back then, officers wore Napoleonic style chapeaus.
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