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STANDARD OF THE 10th INFANTRY DIVISION  •  1935-53

The unit colors of the Republic of China were standardized in 1935. All were based on the war flag but with a white stripe at the hoist on which was inscribed the unit designation. A small triangular pennant above the flag identified the echelon: corps, division, brigade, etc. The colors were also of different sizes depending on the echelon; those for divisions were 78.8cm at the hoist by 90cm on the fly. Regimental and battalion colors were of the same basic design but with fringe and the field was in the arm-of-service color, e.g. red for infantry, yellow for cavalry, blue for artillery, etc. In some cases, e.g. supply troops, a triangular indentifying pennant was carried above the color. This system was modified in 1953 and again in 1962; the current colors of the Army of the Republic of China (Taiwan) are similar.

See also Republic of China Military Flags.

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GUIDON  •  511th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

The 511th Military Police Company traces its lineage to the 1125th Military Police Company, which was constituted 12 November 1942 in the Army of the United States and activated on 1 January 1943 at Brookley Field, Alabama. After World War II service in the Pacific theater, the company was inactivated on 25 March 1946 in Japan. On  1 November 1970, the 1125th was redesignated  as the 511th Military Police Company, allotted to the Regular Army and activated at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The 511th is currently stationed at Fort Drum, New York, as a unit of the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

The 511th Military Police Company's campaign credits include Leyte (Philippines—World War II), Panama (1989) and Iraq (2006 and 2008-09). The 511th received the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation for its service on Leyte and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in Iraq in 2006.

The 511th's guidon is of the standard pattern for separate TO&E companies, with the Military Police branch insignia over the unit's numerical designation in the Military Police branch colors.

The soldiers of the 511th Military Police Company (including the daughter of the author of this site) deployed to Afghanistan on 11 September 2010 and returned to their home station on September 5, 2011. Their guidon will remain on display here in honor of the 511th's exceptional service during its Afghanistan deployment.

See also US Army Guidons of the Combat Arms.

UNITED STATES ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR



COMPANY MARKER & SIGNAL FLAGS

In addition to guidons (which technically identified the commander, not the unit as such) US Army companies, troops and batteries received marker flags. These were used to signal or mark the unit's location when it was encamped or deployed in the field. Infantry regiments, which had twelve companies in three battalions, had marker flags with a red field for the first battalion, white for the second battalion and blue for the third battalion. The regimental number was centered on the flag and the company was identified by the color configuration. Similar marker flags, including a state designation, were used by companies of state militia infantry regiments.

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TOM GREGG

WAR FLAGS features selections from my extensive collection of GIF images. I also invite you to visit Twenty-Six Letters, my blog devoted to politics, current affairs and culture. I enjoy hearing from people who share my interest in flags of all kinds. Comments and questions about the images on these pages, as well as information about military and naval flags, past and present, are always welcome.

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