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  1. Forlorn Hope

    It was a common practice in Spain to reward the veterans with a decoration patch sewn on the left sleeve for each major battle or campaign they fought. It was shown with prod and also served to show the new recruits the battle experience of their comrades. I believe that the Commander of the 52nd took this practice from the Spanish Army to reward his bravest. Here is the replica we did on the "VS" patch http://www.regimientosdeamerica.com/catalogo/images/patches/VS_red_w.jpg
  2. Army of the Andes Plates in early XIX Century style

    Short video on the uniforms of the line infantry https://youtu.be/Cxe13Sz6d2Y
  3. The Army of the Andes, if not the best, is one of the most disciplined and well-organized army which ever fought in America able to cross one of the highest mountains of the world in just twenty one days, present battle and defeat the enemy. There are marvelous paintings by José Gil de Castro of the officers of such glorious army, portraits of San Martín, O’Higgins, Colonel Pedro Conde, Sergeant Major Medina, Colonel José María Aguirre, Colonel José Melián and James Paroissien among others provides us detailed information of their uniforms, but one thing that I have been ever missing is that there are no drawings depicting the uniforms of the men of the different battalions and regiments which formed the army. None the less, Gil de Castro joined the Army of the Andes in 1816 as Lieutenant of Engineers, there are no drawings of the common soldiers or at least they did not survive until our days. The troops which commanded by Santiago de Liniers defeated the British at Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807 were depicted in splendid drawings which were kept in the Doldán and Carril collections. Then, why wouldn’t be drawings of the men who liberated Chile from the Crown of Spain? When Sergeant Major Alvarez Condarco stayed in London in 1819, he commissioned a local artist to do an engraving of the Battle of Maypo. Taking this event into account I imagined that some other officer commissioned another artist, in my imagination was the French artist Aaron Martinet, to produce a set of plates depicting the uniforms of the different units of the Army of the Andes. Then my imagination turn into color and the final result are these set of plates in early nineteen century style which I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
  4. We are proud to anounce the publication with full color illustrations of the uniforms which shaped America's history. The military corps in the Argentine history The renowned book by Professor Julio Mario Luqui Lagleyze digitally published for the first time in english along with illustrations of the uniforms depicted in his book as researched throught out military archives and museums. The first phase of the publication will cover the uniforms of the Independence wars: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and militia; fusiliers, cazadores, grenadiers, drums, officers and troopers. See more details here
  5. I've been at the Bi-centenial reenactment at Salamanca and t was superb. We've done a replica for the GSM with the Salamanca bar which was worn by some of the men after the battle. They deserve it in particular for being under the sun heat for more than two hours in the "castillian" plains.
  6. Independence War decoration patches

    During the Independence war The Spanish Juntas rewarded troops for courageous acts of war and also for battle victories with embroidered patches which were sewn to the left sleeve. This was a tradition born in the second half of the XVIII century. We have added to our collection some patches but we plan to add almost all of them. We have started with three from Asturias. One of them is very peculiar, "Peñaflor". It was awarded by local militiamen who opposed to Marshal Ney's troops as they were advancing into Spain in 1810. The militia was easily disbanded by the fire of the french, but the Junta wanted to recognize and reward their courage and set it as an example to others. http://www.regimientosdeamerica.com/catalogo/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=198&language=en
  7. During the Wars of Independence in South America, the governments adopted a practice done in Spain which was reward the troops with embroidered patches for victories or for bravery demonstrated in acts of war. Medals were reserved to officers and commanders but there was one exception. After the victory of Chacabuco in 1817, the Provincias del Rio de la Pata government created patches for NCOs and privates, medals for officers and a special patch for the Commander in Chief. This patch was lost after General San Martin's death, but it was perfectly depicted in San Martin's portrait done by Gil de Castro in 1817. Gil de Castro was a great painter and also a militar who was enlisted in the Andes' Army and made the Chilean campaign. We have reproduced the patch to bring it back to life and add it to our collection. You can see it at this link: http://www.regimientosdeamerica.com/catalogo/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_66_67&products_id=190&language=en
  8. This is a great collection. I have started my own on decoration patches awarded during the Independence war. As this is very rear to get originals as they were embroidered on fabric, I've decided to start producing historic replicas. Some of them are very interesting because they were awarded by the men of the British and Irish Legions who served in Bolivar's Army, like the one for the Peruvian Campaign in 1823-24 (The Junin and Ayacuho battles) You can see the images at http;//www.regimientosdeamerica.com/catalogo/ in the "patches/escudos" section
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