Thursday, February 12, 2009
Army of the Principlaity of Morea, The Old Regiment
The Old Regiment (Lifeguard) Company Banner
Created: 1675 Uniform
Nominal Strength: 650 men
Organization: 1 battalion
Duties: Life Guard Unit, Palace guard, garrison of Mystra and its defenses.
Uniform: Old Pattern 1715 French style uniform. Officers and soldiers wear their hair in 1710s fashions. Colors are maroon red coats and stockings, with buff turn backs, vest and pants. Red cockade on hat, with golden-yellow lining.
Recruited from: Mystra, Western Lacedaemon, Messenia.
Raised in 1675, the Old Regiment was made up from a number from the convergence of small permanent Greek forces of the old Despotate army, like Voukelarioi, Saitarioi e.t.c. It served as a nucleus for field armies, and also as a cadet school for young officers. One of its companies acts as a cadet company for young would-be officers of the Principalities army. In peace time the unit acts as the police and guard of Mystra and the surrounding defenses. The regiment has showed great distinction during the War of Spanish Succession and Quadruple Alliance wars, and as a result it is permitted to keep the fashions of those wars as an honour. The colonel of the Old Guard Regiment acts also as the General in Command of all Principality units in Morea.
PS: Uniform template is from David at Not By Appointment