During one of the many skirmishes between France and England the French captured one of England’s greatest generals, Gen. Joseph Stockton. While Stockton was being held prisoner, a French Officer asked him why the English wore such bright red coats into battle as it makes them much easier targets. Stockton replied that the reason they wear the coats of red was so if they were injured their men would not be able to see the general’s blood and get disheartened that their leader had been gravely wounded. The French officer took this into consideration and believed it was a good idea. Ever since then, the French armed forces have worn dark brown pants.