Blasco Cavalry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 3 July 1706 in Córdoba.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive colonels of the regiment were:

  • since 03 July 1706: Jorge Blasco
  • from 21 June 1707: Manuel Duc de Estrada y Medenes, Marquis de Lanzarote (died in 1710)
  • from 1711: Francisco de Rivera

In 1712, the regiment was renamed “Vendôme Cavalry” in honour of the Duc de Vendôme who had won the combat of Villaviciosa in 1710 and died the same year.

The regiment was disbanded in 1715.

Service during the War

On 20 August 1710, the regiment fought in the Battle of Saragossa. On 12 December, it took part in the Combat of Villaviciosa.

Uniform

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Officers

Uniforms of officers differed from those of privates and NCOs by the finer material used. Their waistcoat, saddle cloth and housings were edged with a wide golden braid. They always wore a tricorne notwithstanding the headgear worn by soldiers.

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • colonel: a baton with a gold knob
  • lieutenant-colonel: a baton with a silver knob
  • sargento mayor: a baton with a silver topped knob
  • captain: silver or golden epaulettes (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on both shoulders
  • lieutenant: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the right shoulder
  • cornet: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the left shoulder

NCOs

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • sergeant : baton without knob and halberd
  • mariscal de logis (quartermaster): small woolen epaulette (red or of the distinctive colour of the regiment)
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Standards

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References

Dragonas Magazine

Mogaburo López, Fernando: Caballibedia - Regimiento de Caballería Blasco

Acknowledgement

Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article.