Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

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Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 26 Oct 2014 19:22

Before the revolution the French Royal Army had som rather attractive Colours, each Regiment possessed a Colonel's Colour and a Ordonnance Colour (Regimental Colours). The Main motive beeing a White Cross to which was added different symbols, Royal Regiments often added Fleur-de-Lyses, som Regiments also had Mottoes added to the Cross. Swiss Regiments' Colours was distinctive in their used of Flames in different colours. Other Foregin Regiments (of which the French Army possessed quite a Few) also had quite distictive Colours with a "national" flavours the Royal Suedois (Royal Swedish) Regiment for instance carried since 1760 Ordonnance Colours dispalying symbols tanken form the national Coat of Arms of Sweden. Pictures are by L'empereur Charles on Wikimedia Commons unless othewise stated.

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The above menitoned Royal Suedois Colour, three Crowns and Lion over Waves are from the Swedish CoA, in the Middle of the Cross the Royal French CoA.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 26 Oct 2014 19:28

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Ordonnance Colour of the famous Swiss Guards.

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Colonel's Colour of the Swiss Regiment Steiner.

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Ordonnance Colour of the Swiss Regiment Steiner.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 26 Oct 2014 19:41

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Colonel's Colour of the French Guards (Gardes-Françaises).

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Ordonnance Colour of the French Guards.

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Ordonannce Colour of the Royal Grenadiers, disbanded in 1762.

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Colonel's Colour of the Grenadiers of France.

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Ordonnance Colour of the Grenadiers of France.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 26 Oct 2014 19:44

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Colonel's Colour since 1780 of the Regiment Colonel-General (1st of the Line Infantry).

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Ordonnance Colour of the Regiment Colonel-General.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 29 Oct 2014 20:41

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Ordonnance Colour of the Regiment de Champangne, one of the five Old Regiments (along with the Regiments Picardie (become Colonel-General), Navarre, Piémont and Normandie) raised in 1558.

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Ordonnace Colour of the Regiment de Navarre, raised in 1558.

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Colonel's Colour of the Regiment de Navarre. The Shields shown on this and the Ordonnance Colours are those of Navarre.

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Ordonnance Colours of the Regiment de Piémont.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

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Ordonannce Colour of the Regiment de Normandie.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Sammy » 02 Nov 2014 19:03

I have been researching the history of Irish flags and recently was learning about the colours of the Brigade Irlandaise (Irish Brigade) of the French army, as they were similar to the flags used in Ireland during the Williamite-Jacobite conflict. Here are some examples of the Irish Brigade colours.
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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 22 Nov 2014 19:26

Thanks for these.

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Colonel's Colour of the Regiment de Rooth.

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Colonel's Colour of Regiment de Berwick.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 22 Nov 2014 19:31

There was for a time also two Scottish Regiment in the Royal French Army:

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Ordonnance Colour of Régiment d'Ogilvy.

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Colonel's Colour Régiment d'Ogilvy.

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Ordonnance Colour of the Régiment de Royal Ecossais (Royal Scots Regiment).

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Colonel's Colour of the Régiment de Royal Ecossais.

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Re: Regimental Colours of the French Royal Army

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 22 Nov 2014 19:44

The Army also had a number of German Regiments among which counted the earlier mentioned Royal Suedois. Whose soldiers despite the name mainly was from the German states (No unified Germany existed at this time).

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Ordonnance Colour of the Régiment de Royal Deux-Ponts (Deux-Ponts that is Zweibrücken in French.).

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Colonel's Colour of the Régiment de Royal Deux-Ponts.

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Ordonnance Colour of Régiment de Nassau (1745-1758 Nassau-Sarrebruck [Saarbrücken]).

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Ordnance Colour Régiment de Royal Hesse-Darmstadt (1709-1780 the Regiment was Régiment de Royal-Bavière [Royal Bavarians]).


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