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Makhno191820 Nov 2019 6:23 a.m. PST

Hi all, im trying to paint up a Moroccan unit (II tabor of Tetuan) but am finding conflicting sources on which sash color each Moroccan group wore.

Minairons painting guide says melilla wore red, tetuan blue
Steves balagan says Tetuan no. 1 Red, Melilla no. 2 Blue

Patrick turnbull agrees with Steve.

Im not seeing any references to differrnt sash colors by group in other guides. I guess im leaning toward the majority opinion, though Steve could have just read Turnbull!

Martin Rapier20 Nov 2019 8:13 a.m. PST

I just did whatever the Osprey said (which I think is the same as Steves).

In my experience very few players pick the Moroccans up and citicise the sash colours, they are usually just excited to have such colourful troops.

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2019 1:56 p.m. PST

From what I understand, the sash color was red or/and the base color of the unit [flag].

Mike O21 Nov 2019 5:34 a.m. PST

Bueno's "Uniformes Militares de la Guerra Civil Española"
has the following:

Tetuan – blue
Melilla – red
Ceuta – green
Larache – dark blue
Alhucemas – dark red

That's in the 1997 revised edition pg. 26, plate 29 however I think the confusion arises from the original 1971 edition having Tetuan with red and Melilla with blue (pg 151) which was widely reproduced in English language sources until the revision.

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Nov 2019 6:21 a.m. PST

Accordingly to my own painting guides, colours are the following:

Melilla Group – Red
Tetouan Group – Dark Blue
Ceuta Group – Green
Larache Group – Blue
Alhucemas Group – Saffron

Ceuta Group – Green
All the rest – Blue

Lluís Vilalta

Makhno191822 Nov 2019 5:01 p.m. PST

Ok, blue it is. Thanks all.

Mike O23 Nov 2019 9:42 a.m. PST

As for the different colours for the Alhucemas Group, I have a crazy little theory about that. Perhaps Bueno was confused over the meaning of saffron? Saffron spice derived from the saffron crocus is in fact dark red or crimson. However the colour "saffron" is orange-yellow and comes from the colour of the tip of the flower's thread. It's also the traditional colour of the robes of some sects of Buddhist monks.

Either way an image search came up with this:



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