Tarantasia Provincial Militia

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Origin and History

In 1703, the “Piedmontese Battalion” was reorganised in 12 regiments of Provincial Militia. Each regiment consisting of a single battalion without grenadier. The present regiment was raised in Savoy.

In 1703 and 1704, the French occupied the region of Tarantasia where the regiment recruited. For this reason, the unit was reduced to less than 300 men.

In 1705, the regiment was disbanded because it had become impossible to raise new recruits in Tarantasia.

Service during the War

During its brief existence, this unit did not take part in any action.



Uniform in 1703 - Copyright: Richard Couture
Uniform Details as per Michel Savasta Fiore
Headgear black tricorne, laced white (maybe unlaced) with a white cord around the crown; the brim was already turned upwards
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
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets placed low on the coat, each pocket flap was fastened with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs red, each with 3 pewter buttons
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat red with pewter buttons
Breeches red
Stockings grey-white fastened under the knee with a natural leather strap
Gaiters ???
Leather Equipment
Cross-belt natural leather (often whitened with pipe-clay) with a brass buckle
Waist-belt natural leather (often whitened with pipe-clay) with a brass buckle
Cartridge Pouch natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard black with a brass tip
Scabbard black with brass metal fittings
Footwear black shoes with a brass buckle

Armaments consisted of a musket, a bayonet and a sword (brass hilt).


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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It is not clear if each Provincial Militia regiment carried a colonella colour. If so it would have been similar to those later carried by the Reggimenti di Milizia Scelta (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 Tarantasia in the first canton (upper left canton).

Colonella Colour Obverse - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore
Ordinanza Colour - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore


Cavalieri, Giorgio: Uniformi Piemontesi 1671- 1798, L'Arciere - 2004 - Riva di Chieri

Deputazione Sopra gli Studi di Storia Patria per le Antiche Provincie e la Lombardia: Le Campagne di Guerra in Piemonte (1703- 1708) e l'Assedio di Torino (1706), Vol. I, Torino Fratelli Bocca Librai di Sua Maestà

Fiorenti, Fabio: A me i miei dragoni, Gaspari Editore, Udine, 2006

Mola di Nomimaglio, Gustavo with Roberto Sandri Giachino, Giancarlo Melano, Piergiuseppe Menietti: L'esercito ducale sabaudo nel 1706. Organizzazione, uniformi, bandiere., Turin: Centro Studi Piemontesi, 2006


Michele Savasta Fiore for the initial version of this article