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Tango0112 Oct 2019 12:42 p.m. PST

"Good evening fellows, here I bring you what it would be a second part related to the troops of the Army on the island, in the period that would correspond to what would lead to the end of the loss of the overseas territories of the exhausted Spanish Empire. It is true that there was struggle in the other territories, but the fate of the empire was defined in the "Sleeping Caiman."

Cuban Army

At the beginning of the war, on February 24, 1895, served as general captain of Emilio Calleja and Isasi Island, who had a regular army of 15,000 to 16,000 troops organized in:

Seven infantry regiments with two battalions each: Alfonso XIII, María Cristina, Simancas, Cuba, Havana, Tarragona, Isabel la Católica.

Hunters Battalion of Cádiz.

Cavalry regiments of Cortés and Pizarro.

10th Artillery Battalion on foot.

A mixed battalion of engineers.

Squadron of Santa Catalina del Guaso.

Three thirds of the Civil Guard.

In March of that year, the first expedition composed of seven vapors arrived from the Peninsula: Santo Domingo, Alfonso XII, Alfonso XIII, Antonio Lope, León XIII, San Ignacio and Santander; with two generals, 31 chiefs, 25 officers and 8,302 troop men. In that contingent came the battalions of Bailen, Unión, Alcántara, Talavera, Chiclana, Baza and San Quintín, and those of Vergara and Antequera were organized with replacements. At the end of that month they already had between 23,000 and 24,000 men.

In mid-April, General Arsenio Martínez Campos landed, to assume the General Captaincy of the Island…."


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Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 2:36 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info.

William Warner12 Oct 2019 8:41 p.m. PST

In the museum where I worked before retirement there was an original Spanish uniform from the Spanish-American War. It was white with tiny blue pinstripes. To test how it would look from a distance I hung it at one end of the storage room and backed away. From about fifteen feet the pinstripes were no longer discernible (my vision was 20/20 in those days). The whole uniform looked pale blue, like the uniforms in the photo above. If I were painting Spanish-American War figures I certainly wouldn't bother with pinstripes! I'd paint them the palest blue I could find--much, much lighter than sky blue.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 5:34 a.m. PST


I came to the same conclusion – duck egg blue was the color I used.

Another good source for coloring was the "Rough Rider" movie. The pinstripes only show up in the close up.



oldjarhead13 Oct 2019 7:40 a.m. PST

When I started painting SAW Spanish, I read on TMP about painting them pale blue. Worked like a charm.

Tango0113 Oct 2019 3:36 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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