San Damiano Milizia
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Origin and History
This militia regiment originated from the provincial militia whose 12 battalions were reorganised in 8 regiments in 1704. It was created from the former Ivrea Provincial Militia. In fact, despite its designation as militia, it was actually a real infantry regiment, well equipped, dressed and drilled and not a simple militia. Duke Victor Amadeus II appointed nobles to raise these new regiments. This particular regiment was raised by Count Carlo Luigi San Martino d'Agliè di San Germano e San Damiano.
In 1704, the regiment counted one battalion.
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the colonel of the regiment was:
- since 1704: Count Carlo Luigi San Martino d'Agliè di San Germano e San Damiano
The regiment was taken prisoners in 1705 and never re-established.
Service during the War
In 1705, the regiment was assigned to the defence of Vercelli where it was forced to surrender as prisoners of war.
|Neck stock||white, wrapped several times around the collar of the shirt to keep it closed, and knotted with the ends hanging freely on to the breast|
|Coat||grey-white with pewter buttons on the right side
|Waistcoat||grey-white with pewter buttons|
|Stockings||grey-white fastened under the knee with a natural leather strap|
Armaments consisted of a musket and a bayonet. Fusiliers carried a sword (brass hilt) while the grenadiers had a sabre. Grenadiers also carried a pistol.
Uniforms of NCOs were almost identical to those of privates but had a silver lace edging each cuff.
NCOs carried a halberd.
Until 1750, officers didn’t have to wear any official uniform. In fact, they usually wore a uniform similar to the one of the troops but of better quality, probably decorated with golden lace on the edges of the coat and with gilt buttons.
Officers always wore a blue sash around the waist.
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Colonella Colour (same for all militia regiments): blue field with a white cross; bordered with a wide blue frame
Ordinanza Colour: red field with a white cross; bordered with a wide red frame; the arms of San Damiano in the first canton (upper left canton)
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Michele Savasta Fiore for the initial version of this article