Very much the case! some infantry regts in the British army in Zululand in 1879 had removed their 1869-78 shako plates, brass spikes and chin chains and dyed their white helmets with tea, coffee, boiled mimosa bark and cow dung etc!
Can't say as I blame them really!
iaindh wrote: I wonder at what point the helmet plate ceased to be used in the field. Maybe with the switch from redcoats to Khaki?
I wasn't aware of that!
The helmet plate was a sort of "shoot me" sign, particularly on a white helmet.
Moving the insignia to the side made a lot of sense.
I thought it may have been after the 1st Boer war that Khaki was adopted but seemingly it was 1897, just before ABW.