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|Makeshift tents, perhaps???
Written by DeeMac
(2/17/2003 4:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Napoleon blankets?, penned by Kay S
I just googled too, and I kept coming up with references to the use of blankets as makeshift tents, first by the French and later by the English troops, during the Napoleonic wars. I'll put a link to the most useful article, below - but the short version is that (following a French idea) the British troops were issued with blankets already rigged up for use as tents, should the need arise.
(According to one sight, in France these blanket-tents were carried rolled up on the back, and French bakers were asked to produce a loaf of bread which would fit into the hole in the centre of the rolled-up blanket - hence the baguette was born. Who knew?)
Anyway, I can imagine that young English girls might have felt it would be useful to sleep with makeshift tents under their pillows, in case they needed to make a run for it.
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