At an 18th century European peace conference, a French General struck up a conversation with a British General. The Frenchman asks the Brit, "Why is that your troops go into battle in those bright red coats? They seem awfully garish and opponents can see them coming from a mile away."
"Well," says the Brit, "the red coats are so that if a soldier is wounded his fellows won't be able to see the blood and despair."
"How clever," responds the French General. "I can see the wisdom in that. As a matter of fact something like that might benefit my troops as well!"
And from that day forward, the French army has issued brown pants.
Submitted by: Rob