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Gallocelt24 Nov 2019 9:03 p.m. PST

What I have found is a listing of the Spanish regiments in Flanders in the year 1703. What I have yet to find is any information on their uniforms. Anyone have information on these?


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Gallo

stecal Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2019 5:14 a.m. PST

Supposedly the Spanish Regts in Flanders had already changed white coats before the uniform changeover in Spain 1706, probably because they were getting French supplies.

On the other hand, when the former Spanish Flanders regiments entered Austrian service after 1715 they were all uniformed in green faced red. Go figure.


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Gallocelt25 Nov 2019 3:33 p.m. PST

Hi stecal,

I appreciate the response, the tip on the white coats and the links. I think it's safe to conclude that little is known about the uniforms of the Spanish regiments in Flanders. In cases like this, I prefer to just punt. I'll go with white coats and make up the facings. Who knows? I might even guess right.


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Gallo

stecal Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2019 6:13 p.m. PST

the defunct spanish tercios website had information on this. I tried to find it on archive.org. not coming up. I have screenshots of the uniform info.

Spain

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Flanders

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Italy

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full size images here: https://pbase.com/stecal/wss

dbf167626 Nov 2019 6:04 a.m. PST

The best easily available source is "The Spanish Armies in the War of the League of Augsburg (Nine Years War 1688-1697) by GianCarlo Boeri, et al. Despite its title, it has information on the early 1700s, including information from inspection reports of 1701 and 1702 for the army in Flanders. Of the five Spanish infantry regiments mentioned in 1701 all are in white coats with red or blue facings. The five Walloon regiments are in white with yellow, red or blue facings. Three German regiments are mentioned in white or light grey with red, green and blue facings. Where mentioned, the drummers wore the facing colors. This book can be bought in CD form from On Military Matters in the U.S. and, I think Baccus 6 in the UK. I think that the Pike and Shot Society May sell a print version. Highly recommended.

Gallocelt26 Nov 2019 7:03 a.m. PST

I had seen the Spain illustration before, stecal, (probably from Pinterest) but not the Flanders and Italy ones. Thanks for keeping them in your archives and posting! The Flanders illustration has some of the regiments I'm interested in.

Very good info from you, dbf 1676. I'll look into finding that book as my interests include LOA and earlier.


White coats it is. Huzzah!


Cheers!

Gallo

The Beast Rampant26 Nov 2019 10:25 a.m. PST

My favorite army of the period. Fading glory and coats in whatever color you please!

Gallocelt26 Nov 2019 7:14 p.m. PST

You bet! Purple coats, aqua coats, orange coats, ya gotta love it!

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