Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Chris Green » 23 Apr 2016, 13:05

A "Frogman diving Proper"! That must surely be unique.

The edelweiss of the Mountain Service is logical (though not so logical for the speleological section), but I would question its use as a single charge. The edelweiss is a small flower and looks odd when spread across a whole shield, particularly juxtaposed with the sword and fasces. Interestingly the new democratic Spain recognised that the fasces were a symbol of authority dating from Republican Rome and not simply a reminder of Franco's regime, otherwise they would presumably have been removed like other symbols of the old days.
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Arthur Radburn » 23 Apr 2016, 15:09

Chris Green wrote:A "Frogman diving Proper"! That must surely be unique.
Not unique, but certainly rare. The Canadian arms of Col Kenneth Munn, granted in 2000, feature "a scuba diver head in base".
http://reg.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/proje ... mentID=662
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Chris Green » 23 Apr 2016, 15:57

Nihil nove sub sole!
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 23 Apr 2016, 19:41

...or sub mare, it seems.

The Canadian example wasn't the CHA's finest hour...
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 May 2016, 17:41

The Guardia Civil Reserve and Security Grouping has a more traditional Coat of Arms Image

As has the Nature Protection Service:

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The Rural Action Unit has a fierce looking Wild Boar's Head and a Bayonet:

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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 May 2016, 17:45

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The Intelligence Service of the Guardia Civil.

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The Central Operative Unit.

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The Subsoils Reconnaissance Unit.

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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Chris Green » 02 May 2016, 19:06

"The Subsoils Reconnaissance Unit" is an interesting translation of "Unidad de Reconocimiento del Subsuelo" but I thought that "Clandestine (or Undercover) Reconnaissance Unit" was probably more accurate. How wrong can one be? Here are members of the URS on patrol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ZuRYv2y7Q

I suppose "Subterranean Reconnaissance Unit" might be more accurate.

Incidentally, does anyone have a notion of what the sable bordure is on the URS's CoA?
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Arthur Radburn » 02 May 2016, 20:09

Chris Green wrote:Incidentally, does anyone have a notion of what the sable bordure is on the URS's CoA?
I suspect that it's a field sable, and the unusual shape is a charge on it. My guess is that it's a cross-section of a sewer!
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Chris Green » 02 May 2016, 20:29

Arthur Radburn wrote:
Chris Green wrote:Incidentally, does anyone have a notion of what the sable bordure is on the URS's CoA?
I suspect that it's a field sable, and the unusual shape is a charge on it. My guess is that it's a cross-section of a sewer!


Of course! With water in the bottom. Gawd 'elp the poor guards if they find the wyvern down in the sewers!
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Re: Heraldry of the Guardia Civil

Postby Arthur Radburn » 02 May 2016, 21:12

Found the official blazon in Guardia Civil orders :

El campo de sable, seccion de colector de plata, con ondas azur y plata al pie, tres y dos, surmontadas de dragon de gules.

Google Translate translates "colector" as "manifold", but that's evidently in the sense of a pipe or channel.
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