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French occupied Lombardy in 1796 (Milan: 15 May 1796) and
after a short lived Lombard republic the Transpadana Republic was
created with the territories of Milan and Mantua. 17 July 1797
was merged with the Cispadana republic
and formed the Cisalpine republic
Transpadana used the italian national colors. Flag with national
colors was alrteady in use 9 Octuber 1796 and was confirmed by
Napoleon 11 Octuber. A flag of the Lombard legion, orign of the
flag, can be seen here.
Jaume Olle' 5 November 1998
In 1796 the French troops entered Lombardia under the guide of
Napoleon. Following the occupation a state was formed: the
Repubblica Transpadana. On 19 August 1796 the original Urban
Milice, which wore green and white garments since 1782, was
transformed in National Guard and its uniforms added red to the
original colours. The same were used by the Legione Lombarda (Lombarda
Legion) and the three colours, following a common practice at the
time, were transposed to the military colors. The ensigns were
green, white and red as in the current national flag of the
Italian Republic. On 11 October 1796 Napoleon wrote to Paris
<<..les coulers nationales qu'ils ont adoptees sont le vert,
le blanc et le rouge>> (the national colours they adopted
are green, white and red). The ensigns were delviered to the
troops since 6 November 1796 and carried mottoes of different
kinds. This republic was short lived, because on 17 July it
merged with the Repubblica Cispadana to form the Repubblica
A. Ziggioto, 1797 - 1997: Il Tricolore ha duecento anni, in Vexilla Italica 1, XXIV (1997), pagg. 10, 11.
U. Bellocchi, La storia d'Italia narrata dal Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, 1985-86.
U. Bellocchi, Il Tricolore, duecento anni 1797-1997, Modena, 1996.
Pier Paolo Lugli , 22 November 1999