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Military Flag

(~4:5)
by Zeljko Heimer, 17 May 2001

Ratio ~4:5. Adopted: 17 May 1924. In use except small changes of the shield. In the red circle the name of the army unit that is using it should be written .
Jaume Ollé, 25 July 1996

This flag and the Cavalry Flag are my "reconstruction" with what I think is reasonable to expect what's written on the red ring, exaple for a mounted unit and example for the Army (assuming that the army as whole would have the infantry version of the colours). The image is based on site <www.escaballeria.mil.co>. There are few photos of the flag there but non good enough to provide for the text. I was not able to find an other infantry unit, so the Cavalry Flag image is maybe a streching a bit too far.
Zeljko Heimer, 17 May 2001

Article 3 - the war flag used by the Army is one meter and thirty centimeters long and one meter and ten centimeters wide for the units on foot and the standard for the mounted units should be one meter long and one meter wide. These flags shall have in the center the coat of arms of the Republic surrounded with a ring of red (velvet?) five centimeters wide and forty centimeters of the outer diameter in which is inscribed in golden letters the name of the unit to which it belongs.
Decree Nr. 62 of 1934 (January 11) - 208. The war flag used by the Army shall be, in accordance to the law, one meter and thirty five centimeters long and one meter and ten centimeters wide, for the mounted units. This flag shall have in the center the coat of arms of the Republic, set in an oval of red cloth on which shall be inscribed, in letters outlined in gold the name of the unit or military division to which it belings.
209. The flag with the coat of arms shall only be used by the armed forces of the Nation.
Zeljko Heimer, 17 May 2001

Variants (?)


by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001


by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

Military flag as legislate and as it is. Naval ensign, military flag and cavalry standart was kept without change by resolutions 64 (9-1-1961) and 4235 (1965) and still in use.
Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001


Colombian Army Flag


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001

Ejercito de la Republica de Colombia - This flag can be seen (in an arty, animated way), at the frame "organizacion" at <www.mindefensa.gov.co>.
Guillermo Tell, 3 June 2000

I have found the complete description of the Coat of Arms of the Colombian Army Flag in Spanish:
"Será de forma Suiza, acuartelado en cruz, es decir en cuatro cuarteles, así:
El cantón diestro del Jefe será de gules, con dos fusiles de oro, con correas de los mismos, de los cuales uno irá en barra y otro en Banda es decir, cruzados.
El cantón diestro de la punta será de sable, con dos tubos de canón en oro cruzados en sotuer.
El cantón siniestro de la punta será en púrpura, con un castillo almenado en oro.
El cantón derecho del Jefe en gules, el color del fuego y de la sangre, que conviene a los héroes y a los mártires, simboliza fortaleza, victoria, osadía, alteza y ardid, cualidades inherentes al infante, cuya idiosincrasia trata de representarse con este color. En el centro de este cuartel van dos fusiles cruzados uno en barra y otro en banda. El fusil es el arma básica de un Ejército, por eso esta figura está en la parte más importante para este caso, del escudo . Las cualidades de ser el arma básica y más antigua le dan la propiedad.
El campo siniestro en oro simboliza juicio, inteligencia, madurez de espíritu, nobleza, magnanimidad, riqueza, poder y sabiduría. Este cuartel lleva de oro dos sables cruzados en sotuer y por si mismos representan la caballería, cuyo patrono, San Jorge, es espejo de gentiles hombres.
El cantón diestro de la punta en sable significa la idea de la sombra misteriosa, prudencia, sin reparos, caracteriza lo que esta más allá de la inteligencia ,lo ignoto, color seco y duro que evoca al hierro, a la ceniza. Simboliza también la tristeza, el rigor, la humildad y la franqueza, color de luto.
Lleva de oro dos tubos de canón en sotuer, es la insignia por excelencia de los artilleros que el cuatro de diciembre evocan a su patrona, Santa Bárbara.
El cantón siniestro de la punta lleva de púrpura un castillo de tres torres almenadas en oro.
La púrpura significa modestia, prudencia, humildad, soledad, deseo y nostalgia del triunfo, es el color de la cereza en sazón.
El castillo con torres almenadas habla del fortalecimiento logrado a base de voluntad y esfuerzo humano.
Timbre
El escudo estará timbrado por un yelmo en acero brunido mirando a la derecha como símbolo de legitimidad.
La calva del casco llevará como cimera tres plumas con los colores de la Bandera Nacional.
Adornos exteriores
Llevará a cada lado lambrequines o lamequines de hojas de acanto en gules y plata.
Divisa o Empresa
Llevará a cada lado lambrequines o lamequines de hojas de acanto en gules y plata."
Source: Official Website of the Colombian Army at <www.ejercito.mil.co>.
Santiago Tazon, 22 January 2002

Distinctive sign in military vehicles


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001


General Command of Military Forces Flag


by Guillermo Tell, 3 June 2000


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001

Comando General de las Fuerzas Militares - Colombia (General Command of Military Forces) - This flag can be seen (in an arty, animated way), at the frame "organizacion" at <www.mindefensa.gov.co>.
Guillermo Tell, 3 June 2000


Colombian Military Intelligence Service Flag


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001


by Jaume Ollé, 5 November 2001

I located Colombian Military Intelligence Service flag at <www.zxesici.mil.co/simbolo.htm>.
Jarig Bakker , 9 September 1999


Cavalry Flag

(1:1)
by Zeljko Heimer, 17 May 2001

Ratio 1:1. Adopted: 17 May 1924. In use except small changes of the shield.
Jaume Ollé, 25 July 1996

Variants (?)


by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001


by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

Cavalry standart as legislate and as it is used. Naval ensign, military flag and cavalry standart was kept without change by resolutions 64 (9-1-1961) and 4235 (1965) and still in use.
Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001

The Cavalry Flag is not really a flag. It is merely the Colombian flag with a sumperimposed shield. I have seen this symbol many times in armored units of the Army in Bogota (Capital of Colombia). What the shield reads is: "Republica de Colombia - Ejercito Nacional - Escuela de Caballeria". The "Escuela de Caballeria" is actually a training facility located in Bogota to train the soldiers and officers in charge of the armored units of the Army. You can also find several "Caballeria" facilities troughout the country as they are used on a permanent basis to support ground troops that engage in combat.
Jorge Eduardo Alonso, 8 June 2002


Flags Without Arms


Army (EJC)
by Carlos Thompson, 2 June 2003


Navy (ARC)
by Carlos Thompson, 2 June 2003


Air Force (FAC)
by Carlos Thompson, 2 June 2003

In the front dor of the Military Hospital, in Bogotá, Colombia, there are three flags in plain color: dark blue, light blue and red. I supose that the flags are just versions without the coat of arms, of the flags of the Army (EJC), Navy (ARC) and Air Force (FAC). I have also seen the red flag at the Cadet School, in Bogota.
Carlos Thompson, 2 June 2003

António Martins wrote: "These seem to follow the british pattern...". Given that Colombia military airfield flag follows a British pattern: sky blue flag with national flag in the canton and roundel in the fly; and that Britain had a lot of influence in Latin America post independence, that would be a fair guess.
Carlos Thompson, 3 June 2003


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