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'Foreign Corps in the British Service. Privates of the Greek Light Infantry Regiment', 1812

Aquatint by J C Stadler after Charles Hamilton Smith, 1812.

The Duke of York's Greek Light Infantry were raised on the British ruled Ionian Islands in 1809. The soldiers wore the white cotton foustanella, a form of kilt unique to Greece. This garment was nearly 30 yards long and folded into over 400 pleats that were said to symbolise the 400 years of Turkish rule over Greece. The unit was disbanded in 1815.

From Charles Hamilton Smith's 'Costumes of the Army of the British Empire, according to the last regulations 1812', published by Colnaghi and Company, 1812-1815.

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NAM. 1982-04-203-37


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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