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Personal logo Il Granatiere Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2020 6:32 a.m. PST

1st Battalion of Regiment "Gardes" Duchy of Savoy during the WSS, Kuhrasan Miniatures 15mm, Flags hand painted by me. Regarding the two flags the Colonel Color with the Duchy coat of arms is based on proven sources, on the contrary the Ordonnance is an elaboration of mine. In the wonderful book of G.Boeri, published from Pike& Shot "The army of Duke of Savoy 1688-1713" he indicate a plain white cross on blue field, like all other infantry regiments but I strongly believe that a Guard Regiment will not accept a simple and general solution like this. Strange to say I know the mentality, having served as officer with the 2nd Battalion of "Granatieri di Sardegna" Regiment that have his roots direclty from the Gardes Regiment. Anyway according to the book "Insegne Militari Preunitarie Italiane" (Italian Pre-unity Military Flags) from S. Ales, published by the Historical Service of the Italian Army, on page 12 is stated that ,according to a specific contract, on the 14th February 1704 the Regiments Gardes, Crocebianca, Fucilieri, Monferrato, Piemonte e Nizza received " drappò fassonati con arme" meaning flags with design and heraldry and for the Gardes the cloth was blue, white and red, unfortunately no design included. Accordingly I opted for the classic wavy border of the savoyard flags with the white cross on red field and the Duke monogram on the four red fields, similar to the one used by the Regiment in 1736. So this flag, as I told, is an elaboration of mine with no proven sources but at least, in my opinion is historically "possible", and after all is more coherent with a Guard Regiment.

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