The evolution of Chinese military uniforms

I believe you still deeply remember that the soldiers of the Republic in the 93rd Military Parade passed through Tiananmen Square with mighty, heroic and heroic images to accept the inspection of the party and the people, and they were wearing the 07-style military uniforms. The masculine and handsome face of the Chinese soldiers in the 21st century are bold and confident to show the world in front of the world. Of course, the evolution of our military uniform has also gone through a long process.

   Over the past 80 years, the Chinese military has carried out more than a dozen clothing adjustments and reforms, adapting to the requirements of military construction in different historical periods. Therefore, the clothing has condensed the colors of the times. Let me introduce you to the evolution of our military uniforms.

  1. Red scarf and red armband: farewell to the old times

   At the beginning of its establishment, the People’s Army did not have its own uniform.

   On August 1, 1927, the gunfire of the Nanchang Uprising announced the birth of a new type of People’s Army led by the Communist Party of China. Most of the uprising troops wore the clothing of the National Revolutionary Army. To distinguish it from the old army, the officers and soldiers of the uprising unit each wore a red scarf. The red scarf and red armband represent a break with the old age.


Military uniforms during the August 1 Nanchang Uprising

  2.  gray cloth outfit and octagonal hat: a symbol of the Red Army

Accompanied by the August 1st gunfire, the autumn harvest uprising, the spring thunder of the Guangzhou riot, the workers and peasants who came out of Jinggangshan, Hubei, Henan, Anhui, and Daxiangxi, wore self-made ash-dyed coarse cloth Red Army uniforms. The clothing of the early Red Army was mainly self-made or from the enemy Seized and settled in the hand, there is no uniform style for what to wear. The source of materials for the Red Army to make military uniforms is one part purchased from the city; the other is to modify the clothes and fabrics confiscated by the local tyrants to imitate the uniforms of the Soviet Red Army and the octagonal hat worn by Lenin.


Military uniforms during the Red Army

   3. "Eight Routes" and "New Fourth Army": armbands indicate identity

  The coat has a stand-up collar, a single row of five buttons on the front and four patch pockets. It is the iconic clothing of the Chinese army during the Anti-Japanese War.

   After the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War, the Red Army was reorganized into the Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army. The clothing and emblems were basically the same as those of the Kuomintang Army. The Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army wear the "Blue Sky and White Sun" cap badge, but their identity is clearly marked on the armband. The Eighth Route Army wears the "Eight Route" rectangular armband, and the New Fourth Army wears the "New Fourth Army" or "N4A" armband. The military uniforms of the Eighth Route Army are mostly khaki, and the New Fourth Army are mostly gray.


4. "Chinese People's Liberation Army": uniform clothing style for the first time

In December 1948, the Logistics Department of the Military Commission held an army logistics meeting, and the color of the uniform was determined to be yellow and green, and the material was cotton plain cloth; the logo symbol was changed from an armband to a cloth with "Chinese People's Liberation Army" black letters and white backgrounds on the chest. Badge; the hat is changed to a round short-brimmed hat (ie "Liberation Hat"), and the "August 1st" red five-star metal badge is worn. This is the first time in the history of the army that uniform styles and colors have been unified. The troops who participated in the parade of the founding ceremony in October 1949 wore this uniform.


5. Dress and Lenin: Women's military uniforms lead the trend

   Beginning on May 1, 1950, the entire army officially wore 50-style military uniforms. Among them, female soldiers' summer and winter clothes are remarkable-dresses, stand-up lapels, pullovers, long sleeves, mid-waist with cloth belt, skirts hem length below the knee; Lenin clothes, small lapels, double-row ten buttons , Tight cuffs, western-style trousers. For a long time, this has become the most popular style of clothing for women in our country.


6. "Three Pieces of Red": Green Military Uniforms Popular on the Street

With the advent of the "Cultural Revolution" period, the "red collar badge and red cap badge" returned to the PLA military uniforms. The soldiers dressed in the 65-style military uniforms, "a red star on the head, and the revolutionary red flag on both sides", 65-style military uniforms It is called "Three Pieces of Red". It was an era when green military uniforms were popular on the streets. Liberation caps and military satchels became fashionable for young people.


7. Suit collar: the first appearance of open consciousness

   Along with the huge waves of reform and opening up, the 85-style and 87-style military uniforms mark the blazing achievements of our military’s modernization process. The 87-style summer uniforms are changed to suit collars and shirts and ties are worn. The neckline that has been closed for decades is finally opened. Behind it is the new open consciousness of the country and the army. In the 07-style military uniforms, the winter uniforms of male officers also opened the necklines.


07-style military uniforms in the new era

  Military uniform is a general term for the standard clothing worn by soldiers. It is one of the military's identification marks and a symbol of national prestige, military prestige and military appearance. In addition to the temperament and equipment of the soldiers, the most direct manifestation of the shape and spirit of an army is clothing. Over the 80 years since the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the military uniforms have undergone many changes. Behind the changes is the transformation of an army from weak to strong, the continuous progress of science and technology, and the growing strength of the country’s economic strength. Changes in aesthetic concepts throughout the age.