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Military Flags 1843-1931 (Spain)

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In October 1843 the basic design of military colours is modified with the adoption of the national colours. The cloth is divided in three stripes, horizontally red-yellow-red, and a simplified version of the royal arms placed in the centre, over a small Burgundy cross. This flag design had been used by warships since 1785, and in naval forts and castles since 1793. Source: Antonio Manzano Lahoz, Las Banderas Históricas del Ejército Español.

Sergio Camero, 10 September 2001

The 1843 regulation also established new lettering and new rules for streamers, a red and yellow one plus those appropriate to the regiment's awarded decorations. Earlier, in 1802, the number of Colours had been reduced to two per regiment, the first battalion using the coronela [approx. King's Colour] and the second battalion the so-called batallona [approx. Regimental Colour]. Source: Antonio Manzano Lahoz, Las Banderas Históricas del Ejército Español.

Sergio Camero, 14 December 2001

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