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French Flags of the U.S. Revolutionary War


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Use of Regimental Colors

France sent some dozen regiments to fight with the Americans against the British. At the time of the Revolutionary War, French troops did not as yet carry a national or royal colour; nationality was designated by a white "cravat" tied to the pike head.

French infantry regiments at the time carried one colonel's flag -- all white, and 14 "drapeaux d'ordonnance". I think all 14 were identical within the regiment, and most regiments featured the white cross.

T.F. Mills and James Dignan, 18 November 1996

Regiment de Saintonge

[Flag of Regiment de Saintonge] image by T.F. Mills, 21 November 1996

Regiment de Soissonois

[Flag of Regiment de Soissonois] image by T.F. Mills, 21 November 1996

Regiment de Touraine

[Flag of Regiment de Touraine] image by T.F. Mills, 21 November 1996