Colours, standards and guidons

Porilaisten marssi Edelfelt

In military organizations, the practice of carrying colours, standards or guidons, both to act as a rallying point for troops and to mark the location of the commander, is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt some 5,000 years ago. It was formalized in the armies of medieval Europe, with standards being emblazoned with the commander’s coat of arms.

Leave a Reply