Regimiento de Aragon

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Origin and History

The regiment was created in the Saragossa from volunteers according to a decree dated 6 July 1711. The cadre of the regiment consisted mostly of men from the Sagunto Dragoons.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the tercio was under the command of:

  • from 6 July 1711 to 8 July 1733: Colonel Don Manuel de Sada (formerly captain in the Sagunto Dragoons)

Service during the War

In 1711, the regiment joined the corps occupying the Kingdom of Valencia and took part in the recapture of Castellon de la Plana.

Uniform

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Privates

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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.

In the infantry, officers wore a silver or gold gorget and a spontoon.

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: baton as worn under the reign of the Habsburg
  • lieutenant: baton as worn under the reign of the Habsburg
  • sub-lieutenant: baton with a horn band and a silver ring

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 white woolen epaulette
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Musicians

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Colours

The catalogue of the Royal Armoury of Madrid (1849 edition) depicts a colour belonging to this regiment:

yellow, white and blue field; centre device consisting of a shield with the bars of Aragon and a cross of Sobrarbe.
Tentative Reconstruction
Ordonnance Colour - Copyright: Kronoskaf

References

This article is mostly made of abridged and adapted excerpts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Clonard, Conde de, Historia Orgánica de las Armas de Infantería y Caballería, vol. XI, Madrid, 1851-62, pp. 374-382

Real Armería de Madrid: Catálogo de la Real Armería, Madrid, 1849, p. 147

Acknowledgments

Jörg Meier for the description of a colour.