Why do soldiers wear khaki?

Lieutenant Harry Burnett of the Queen’s Own Corps of Guides was responsible for soldiers wearing khaki today.

In December 1846, the English officer was told to develop a “mud-colored” uniform that would camouflage soldiers in dusty surroundings.

By early 1847, Burnett had clothed his troops in the light-colored uniform named khaki, which comes from the Persian khak, meaning “dust” or “ashes.”

On May 25, 1857, the British 52nd Regiment became the first regular division to sport khakis.