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Chilean Army

Last modified: 2006-09-30 by antónio martins
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Military color / estandarte de combate

Army units carry as their national color an estandarte de combate, or combat standard. Based on a number of photographs at various websites and in books and magazines, this flag is the same as the regular national flag (2:3), but with an embroidered star and with the unit designation, honorific title, founding date and place, and, depending on the unit, other historic information and honors embroidered diagonally across the fly in gold. The flag is also trimmed with gold fringe. It is mounted on a staff with a gilt condor finial; below the finial is a cravat in the national colors with decorations attached.
Joe McMillan, 04 Dec 2003

12th Infantry Regiment

RI12 color
image by Joe McMillan, 04 Dec 2003

Color of the 12th Infantry Regiment.
Joe McMillan, 04 Dec 2003

Colonel’s color / Bandera colonela

In addition to the military color, particularly distinguished units are apparently authorized a second flag known as a bandera coronela (colonel’s color). The photos I have seen show this as a red field with a large white five-pointed star. In the angles of the star are the names and dates of battle honors surrounded by laurel wreaths, all in gold, while in an arc above the star is the designation of the unit, also in gold. The flag is surrounded by gold fringe; the finial seems to be a star.
Joe McMillan, 04 Dec 2003

Army Aviation

fin flash

Army fin flash
image by Željko Heimer, 10 Dec 2005

There is a Comando de Aviación del Ejército de Chile (army aviation command, since 1 Oct. 1970). Seems that the army use a regular (low visabilty) roundel with brown-red tail insignia with white star (Air Force uses blue tail insignia), as in these two photos.
Dov Gutterman, 13 Jun 2004

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