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Commanding officer's pennants of the French army in Kabylia (Algeria), 1857 - Part 2

Last modified: 2010-11-13 by ivan sache
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P. Charrié, in Drapeaux et étendards du XIXe siècle [chr92] reproduces a colour plate from a private collection showing "commanding officer's pennants used in Kabylia, 1857", The flags have been drawn and coloured by hand, and captions have also been written by the anonymous author.

Concerning historical background, the "pacification" (to use the terminology of the period) of Algeria was achieved in 1857 (Second Empire, Napoleon III) with the conquest of Kabylia, which had been the last part of Algeria to have resisted colonization after the surrending of Emir Abd-el-Kader (1847). Sporadic insurrections occurred later in the area. The 1857 campaign was characterized by a better military organization than the preceding ones.

The flags are all 2:5 and swallow-tailed, the indentation depth being 1/3 of the flag length.

Ivan Sache, 8 November 1999

First column

[1st column]by Ivan Sache

Commander-in-chief of the cavalry

[Commander of the cavalry]by Ivan Sache

Similar to 1st division 1st brigade.

Army commissariat

[Army commissariat]by Ivan Sache


[Ambulance]by Ivan Sache

Similar to division staff.


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