Saturday, 13 July 2013

Minden French Flags Project - Regiment Piémont

First officially raised 1569 although dating from much earlier,  Piémont counted as one of the six regiments known as Vieux Corps. This was a four battalion regiment and gave its name to the brigade which also included the two battalion Dauphin Regiment. The regiment was at Rossbach, Lutterberg and Bergen as well as Minden. At Minden it was in the first line of Broglie's Corps. This was a famous unit whose performance in the Seven Years War was generally disappointing.



The flags were unchanged from 1569 to 1791. The simple flags of this and the other ancient French regiments illustrate the heraldic principle that simpler usually means older!

And this plate shows the uniform and flags in 1757:

8 comments:

Capt Bill said...

Sir David, The Piemont regiment has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for the excellent flag...

Foss1066 said...

Obviously a Regiment that was formed before color television!

The black cuffs I bet make them look quite distinctive on the battlefield, though.
Cheers
Thomas

David said...

Thanks, Bill. Glad you like it. :-)

All the best,

David.

David said...

Hi Thomas,

Indeed. ;-)

Thanks for commenting.

Cheers,

David.

Carausius said...

Hello, I have to say your graphics are very nice. Can I ask were you got the illustration of the Piemontese regiment?

David said...

Hi Carausius,

Thanks. :-)

The illustration is from the Manuscript "Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757, tome I", Musée de l'Armée, Paris; I found the images I use on a website now defunct, it seems, but they apparently can be tracked down via this link now: http://www.photo.rmn.fr/cf/htm/CSearchT.aspx?V=CSearchT&SID=2K1KTSJNEEXXG&E=S_2K1KTSJNEEXXG&NoR=500&New=T

Cheers,

David.

Carausius said...

Thanks for the link, I am very interested in the 18th and 19th centuries so this is a little goldmine.

Carausius




David said...

I'm glad it's useful and interesting.

Cheers,

David.