Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

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Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Jul 2016, 11:51

The Colours ect. of the Armed Forces of Finland show a distinct heraldic style. This is part due to heritage from the time Finland and Sweden was united in one realm. Thus the rules regarding the Colours carrying Provincial Arms also applied to Finland. Following Independence in 1917/18 it was decided to countinue on this path and Colours and Standards and Guidons was to carry Provincial and City Heraldry. This was further developed after World War II with the creation of some striking heraldic designs. A further tradition was also carried on the Colour with a Cross and in the middle the National Arms, which was an inheritage from the Russian times and perhaps also from the Kgl. Preussiches Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr 27 (Royal Prussian Reserve Jaeger Battalion No 27). This latter was formed in Germany during World War I by Finns that wanted to fight for the liberation of their Country from Russia.

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Colour of the 3rd Lifeguards Finnish Rifle Battalion of the Imperial Russian Army.

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Colour of the Royal Prussian Reserve Jaeger Battalion No 27. In the Middle the Crowned Arms of the then Grand-Duchy of Finland. In the Corners the Prussian Eagle, that on ordinary Prussian Units was placed in the Middle.

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Colour of the Guards Battalion, Russian/German Influence.

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The Guards Battalion forms part of the Guards Jeager Regiment. Whose Colour is clearly based on the Royal Prussian Reserve Jeager Battalion no 27 Colour.
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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Jul 2016, 12:05

The Main Part of the Army is organised into Brigades (some of which hade inherited the Colours of Infantry Regiments that was disbanded upon the Start of World War II, when the Army was mobilized).

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The Colour of the Northern Carelia Brigade is however a recent creation. The Swordbearing Arms and Crown is from the Armorial Bearings of Carelia.

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The Carelian Brigade, however uses a Colour based on those presented in 1919 to the Carelian Guards Regiment.

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The Colour of the Armoured Brigade was presented in 1968.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Jul 2016, 12:10

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Colour of the Artillery Brigade.

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Colour of the Signal Regiment, instituted by the President of the Republic 11 April 1938.

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Colour of the Häme Regiment, instituted by the President of the Republic 30 March 1920.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Jul 2016, 12:18

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Engineer Regiment, instituted by the President of the Republic 16 May 1920.

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Guidon of the former Uusimaa Dragoon Regiment.

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Guidon of the former Tavastia Horse Jaeger Regiment.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Jul 2016, 13:01

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Guidon of the Kymen Jaeger Battalion.

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Northern Finland Signals Battlion. In the Canton three Ermines (the animal) from the Arms of Ostrobothnia.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Jul 2016, 13:15

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Colour of the Artillery School.

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Colour of the Raseborg Artillery Regiment (today Coastal Artillery Battlion).

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Colour of the Sveaborg Coastal Artillery Regiment. The Greek Helmet is form the tomb of general Augustin Ehrensvärd. He was commander (1756-1766, and 1770-1772) of the Archipelago Naval Flottilla based at Sveaborg Fortress.

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The Tomb of General Ehrensvärd.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Jul 2016, 13:22

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Colour of the Hango (Hangö) Costal Artillery Battalion.

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Colour of the Jaeger Artillery Regiment. In the Canton the Memorial Cross of the Royal Prussian Jaeger Battalion No 27.

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Colour of the Kainuu Artillery Regiment.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Jul 2016, 13:34

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Colour of the Coastal Artillery School.

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Colour Air Defence Artillery School.

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Colour of the Helsinki Air Defence Artillery Regiment. The Crown and Boat is form the Arms of the City of Helsinki.

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Colour of the Kymen Air Defence Artillery Regiment.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Sep 2016, 16:42

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The Colour of the Pioneer and NBC Protection School, picture from Wikipedia. In the Canton the Emblem of the Pioneer (Engineer) Troops, the main symbol is the Finnish Lion holding a Shield denoting NBC Protection.

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Technical School Centre (formerly Weapons School). Picture from Wikimedia Commons.

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The National Defence Academy.

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The Land Warfare School.

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Re: Colours, Standards and Guidons of the Finnish Armed Forces

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Sep 2016, 16:47

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Naval Warfare School.

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Gulf of Finland Naval Command. In the Canton the Crown and Boat from the Arms of the City of Helsinki, where the HQ of the Command is situated.

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The Archipelago Naval Command,in the Canton the Armorial Badge from the Arms of the City of Turku, where the Command HQ is situated.


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