Historical Photos show Soldiers getting Haircuts during World War I

During World War I, the beard was entirely and permanently eliminated for the vast majority of troops, for the simple reason that if you had a beard, your gas mask wouldn’t seal.

That said, the ‘stache stayed on the Western Front and was paired with a short, cropped haircut. Why? Because while the ladies love flowing locks, lice are just as attractive, so off the hair, they went.

The officers of 1918 cut a dashing figure. They were always clean-shaven, mustached, and had lovely high collars that prevented them from looking from side to side. Well, that is, the ones who weren’t covered in mud.

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