By BBC Sport staffA long and winding story of the history of white coats and black furs has its origins in a British army officer who took part in the war against the French.
For more than a century, there have been rumours of black coats and white furs being worn by the British soldiers.
But there has never been a definitive evidence.
The story begins in 1774, when a young officer was assigned to a regiment of the army.
The regiment had just been reinforced by some of the finest cavalry in Europe and the officer was sent on a mission to capture an enemy force.
The commander, William West, asked for a black fur cloak to be sent.
West asked for the coat to be given to the young man, and the soldier went to work on it, stitching the fur into a new coat.
West was the first British officer to wear a black coat, and his actions have been immortalised in film, books and films.
But the story goes much deeper than the coat.
It’s about the history behind the black fur coat and the origins of the black fur.
From a British soldier in the trenchesIt’s hard to know where the story begins and ends.
In 1818, two years after West died, a new regiment of infantry, the 2nd Royal Hussars, was formed.
This new regiment was given the task of protecting the capital city of Paris against a possible French invasion.
By 1820, the regiment was in complete disarray, with only two officers, one of whom was a young sergeant named Alexander Hamilton, able to maintain discipline.
Hamilton had been born in London and was well known for his military acumen.
His command was entrusted to a young lieutenant named John Woodcock, who was described as a “fairy”, who had a “great mind for military affairs” and who was “not afraid to disobey orders”.
The commander of the 2rd Royal Hussar regiment, John Woodburn, had his first command after the war with the French, when he became the first lieutenant to take charge of the Royal Marines.
After Woodburn took over command of the regiment, Woodcock became one of the best-liked and most trusted of the officers in the regiment.
Woodburn was also an excellent tactician, with his “wisdom and good judgment” as he described himself, giving orders that were “right”.
He was also a great soldier, and had “great ability to lead and command his men”, and “was very good at the use of arms”.
After the war, Woodburn went on to command the Royal Navy, and was promoted to Major-General, the rank of General-Major.
Then in 1822, the commander of that regiment was Sir Henry Gresham, and Greshamp’s first command was to take the town of Rheims, in southern France, which was surrounded by a wall.
A second wall was built on the other side of the city, and as the British troops entered the city in force, the wall was broken.
Gresham’s second command was for the town’s inhabitants, and he was given orders to capture the town and make sure that it was recaptured.
He took over the command in December of 1823, and made the town safe.
When he left, the town was under siege by the French army, and there were some 3,000 French troops inside the town.
“This was the most important thing for the British army to do, and it took the entire battalion to break the wall and bring the town under their control”, Gresgan told a local newspaper in 1823.
But Gresher’s command was a huge mistake.
As the siege continued, it became clear that the town had no defenders and was almost entirely surrounded by French soldiers.
While the French soldiers were able to capture and take the citizens of the town, they were unable to take back the captured civilians, who were kept in a cage in the back of a cart.
It was at this point that the British began to hear rumours of the existence of black furlongs, the black coats that were used by British soldiers and which had become so popular during the war.
One of the first sightings of black fringes was at the Battle of Le Havre in 1808.
On the battle’s opening day, a large number of British soldiers wore black fringed coats, which were later nicknamed the black coat rack.
They were described as “the finest in the world” and they were “so fine and so heavy that a man could not even ride a horse in them”.
But the rumours started to spread as the war continued.
And rumours are not just limited to military matters.
Black fringes have also been used in sport, such as the soccer ball used by players