of the Spanish Succession
Note: For those regiments in existence before and after this war, for the period of the Wars of the Grand Alliance and the League of Augsberg, throughout the lace was up to the revolution, these flags remain the same for those regiments.
Regiments typically had 2 or three battalions.
These flags are far less speculative than some of the other WSS flags. I have been able to find much more information on French Colors as they are far better documented. There may be some dispute as to the exact shades of colors, because for many I have relied on written descriptions:
French battalions carried an ordnance flag and the colonels colors. In most cases the colonels colors were the same. Many sources give the colonels color as being a plain white flag, but it did in fact have the cross sewn into it with white thread. The first plate therefore shows a variation on this which can be duplicated for the subsequent battalions. Where a colonels color deviates from this rule I have included its colors with the ordnance flag.
In cases where a regiment's colors change during the period of our concern, I have included both colors and separated these from the other colors on the plate with a black line and in the list below the regiments names are separated by a slash '/'. In the interests of brevity, and because the primary function of this site is to provide wargamers with fairly accurate flags for their miniatures and not hard historical data, I have listed only the name of the regiments as it was in 1701 (except where the name change also involves a colors change as noted above). In other words, if the Colonel changed but the Regimental name stayed the same, it may not be mentioned unless the Colors also changed.
I have attempted to list the regiments in the order that they occur in "From Pike To Shot" by Charles Stewart Grant published by Wargames Research Group to facilitate those wishing to consult this excellent work for uniform painting guide.
Flags were in approximately
2 meters square.