In my continuing research on the uniforms of the Spanish colonial army I have hit a bit of a road block that I hope someone can help with. The Loyal Volunteers of Manila wore garbanzo colored hemp uniforms (not rayadillo!) with dark wool collar and cuffs. My problem is that I cannot find documentation on the color they used for the collar and cuffs. Was it green or red, or some other color? Do any of you know the answer and is there documentation to back it up?
Post by insurrectomad on Nov 22, 2011 6:02:52 GMT -5
Have you tried asking the Spanish Military Attache at the Spanish Embassy? You could also contact the Spanish Museum of Military History in Spain (Curuna?) The Military Attache in London was very helpful to me, a few years ago and even gave me a colour illustrated hardback book "El Ejercito Espanol en Filipinas". Alas it only covers the period from 1750 to 1875. One Spanish Museum sent me a coloured photo of a painting of General Blanco in a field blue jacket and wine-red breeches. There is nothing lost by trying my friend.
Hi Bill, i think there are some spanish uniforms kept in the Phils. as for spanish flags.. at present we know just one or two spanish flags kept there, one of them is in a private museum of Baguio City : The "Aguinaldo Museum".... I'm very sure there is a spanish uniform (one or more ) we must try to start a research... i will try to help you ...
Post by insurrectomad on Mar 11, 2012 4:21:33 GMT -5
While in the Vigan Museum I saw a model depiction of an execution of an insurrecto fighter by Spanish firing squad and a Spanish company of soldiers all painted in a tan brown uniform. I thought the modeler or painter of the figs had got it wrong and had thought them American.
Perhaps other Spanish units where also in a Khaki - tan uniform. purhaps their dragoons? Anyone Know? Cheers David
Several other Spanish units wore garbanzo colored hemp uniforms at the time. In addition to the Loyal Volunteers of Manila, the regulations for the Milicia Filipinas call for garbanzo colored hemp uniforms with green collar and cuffs and the brass letters "M" and "F" on the collar ends. All the regular units wore rayadillo for campaign dress, white from gala. The Volunteer Lancers of Manila also wore rayadillo tunics with blue facings. The research is far from complete on all the uniforms of the Spanish forces in the Philippines. There is still much to learn.
I have attached the photo that was sent to me of the LVM Tunic. I plan to travel out to see it later this year and take better photos.