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: