Thursday 14 July 2016

Some more "stray" French flags in the offing...

I've been sitting on a few variants of these unfinished flags for some years now:

I'm sure many of you will recognise them. So I thought I'd better finally get round to finishing and posting them! I hope to do various of the different regimental colour combinations of these flags, which will be fairly easy to do.

Will post them soon, hopefully...

Sunday 3 July 2016

Flags of French infantry regiment Royal La Marine

This is yet another "stray" flag set, which I did as a favour and which does not fit into any of my projects.

Royal La Marine - originally raised 1669 for fleet service from Compagnies franches de la Marine. Integrated into the French army in 1671. 2 battalions strong. Ranked no.44 in the SYW. In 1756 the regiment took part in the capture of Minorca and spent the rest of the war as garrison there and returned to France in 1763.

These are the flags:

The uniform was the usual grey/white coat with blue collar and cuffs (with 3 pewter buttons) and blue waistcoat. The horizontal pockets had 3 pewter buttons. The 1757 MS does not appear to have a picture, sadly.

But here's my version of the uniform (added Saturday 18th July 2020):

Saturday 25 June 2016

Flags of French Regiment Royal Italien

This is a "stray" set of French flags which I did as a favour for Paolo, the chap who runs this Facebook page: which has many illustrations and other information on the regiment. I thought I'd post them here anyway, even though they don't belong to any of my flag sets.

Royal Italien: Raised in April 1671 in Italy. Only one battalion. During the Seven Years' War the regiment ranked 48th.

Increased to 2 battalions by the incorporation of the disbanded Royal Corse Infanterie in December 1762.

Involved in the conquest of Minorca 1756 and still stationed there in 1757. 1759 transferred to Corsica where it remained until 1762.

These are the flags:

And this is the plate from the French 1757 manuscript:

Mystery flags which may be on the way soon...

No prizes for guessing but it would be enjoyable to see who knows what these flags are... I'm sure many of you do. :-)

Sunday 17 April 2016

Thinking about possibly posting some Prussian flags...

I have been thinking for some time that I might post at least a few Prussian flags, probably of Rossbach regiments  to go with the French Rossbach flags. I wonder if there's sufficient interest? I'd like to hear, so please do post your comment. Thanks.

Monday 22 February 2016

Rossbach French Flags Project - Swiss Regiment Castellas

Regiment Castellas First raised 1672 as Pfiffer de Wyher and went through various renamings as Colonels changed until it became Castellas in March 1756. It was of two battalions and ranked 52nd in 1757.

In the SYW it was part of the Army of Germany and took part in the taking of Wesel, of which it became the garrison. It was at Rossbach where it was brigaded with Salis de Mayenfeld (and where captain of grenadiers Reich and lieutenant Muller were killed, captain Dieffenthaler was wounded and taken prisoner, and "amongst the wounded" were captain Waldner and lieutenant Krefeld. These officer casualties suggest that total casualties for the regiment cannot have been enormously heavy). Having fought at Lutterberg in 1758, it was distinguished at Bergen in 1759 and fought very well at Corbach in July 1760. It was also at Clostercamps in 1760, Langensalza in 1761 and Wilhelmstahl in 1762. (According to Susane, the grenadiers and chasseurs of this regiment distinguished themselves at the action of Neuhaus on the 13th September 1761.) At the end of the war Castellas became the garrison of Belfort.

[*Susane's volumes on the French infantry list officer casualties for all the Swiss regiments at Rossbach and it is interesting to compare them. I shall draw up a table when I have completed the flags for the Swiss units.]

Here are the flags for Castellas:

And this is the uniform and flag plate from the 1757 MS: