Kurtka Coat

  • The Napoleonic War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Derived from other popular Cavalry Uniforms of The Era, the 18th Century Kurtka Coat wad popular with Polish and Russian Cavalry Units. The design pattern was based on a contrasting piece of front fabric. This piece was framed in brass buttons. Other versions featured single and double rows as well. By the 19th Century , The Kurtka Coat had spread from Eastern and Central Europe  (still retaining it's Hungarian translation of “Short Coat”) – and became very popular with The French during The Napoleonic Wars. Although considered a Cavalry Uniform, some Infantry adapted a version as well. The Kurtka was made of heavy Linen or wool blend. The basic design remained well into the 20th Century, although by thus time, it was mostly a Ceremonial Uniform.