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Brazilian Army: Historic Standards (Old-Style)

Last modified: 2002-08-02 by joe mcmillan
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Old-Style Brazilian Army Standards

Although there are now standard patterns for Brazilian unit colors, Brazil, unlike other countries, allows units that were granted "historic standards" during earlier periods to keep using the same design originally granted.
Joseph McMillan, 2 June 2001

The images are from two sources: official Brazilian Army prints from the 1940s in the files of the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry and pictures on various internet pages of the Brazilian Army and the units concerned. Where I have found modern pictures of the standards from the 1940s, the design has invariably remained unchanged. The use of these flags seems to have begun in the 1930s.
Joseph McMillan, 17 May 2001

The "historic standards" granted by the Brazilian Army to its military units were originally of a unique design for each unit-- combinations of stripes, saltires, borders, stars, crosses, etc., mainly but not exclusively in red and blue, with badges, battle honors, and other devices in silver, gold, and other colors.
Joseph McMillan, 20 June 2001

1st Motorized Infantry Battalion

Regimento Sampaio

Regimento Sampaio (Brazil)by Joseph McMillan
Formerly the 1st Infantry Regiment. The battalion claims a heritage from the Terço Velho raised by Governor General Mem de Sá to expel the French from Rio de Janeiro in the 17th century. The unit is named for Brigadier Antônio de Sampaio, a hero of the War of the Triple Alliance against Paraguay in the 1860s, who is considered the "patron" of the Brazilian infantry.
Joseph McMillan, 17 May 2001

6th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Regimento Ipiranga

Regimento Ypiranga (Brazil)by Joseph McMillan

Formerly the 6th Infantry Regiment. Named after the river in the state of São Paulo where Prince Regent Dom Pedro pronounced the grito de Ipiranga, "liberty or death," on 7 September 1822, effectively considered the declaration of Brazilian independence from Portugal. The old spelling of the place name is inscribed on the flag, but the Brazilian Army lists the unit's "historic denomination" as "Ipiranga."
Joseph McMillan, 17 May 2001

11th Mountain Infantry Battalion

Regimento Tiradentes

Regimento Tiradentes (Brazil)by Joseph McMillan

3rd Guards Cavalry Regiment

Regimento Osório

3rd Guards Cavalry Regiment, Brazilian Armyby Joseph McMillan

10th Cavalry Regiment

Regimento António João

10th Cavalry Regiment, Brazilian Armyby Joseph McMillan

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