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Spanish Militia Uniforms in May 1808

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This is a list of the uniform colours of Spanish Militia and Provincial Grenadier battalions in May 1808. It is based on a scan of a primary document I found on the website of the Ciudad Real tourist board, and I have translated (imperfectly, I’m sure) the main table here. Most of the battalions are dressed (at least temporarily) in brown uniforms, which at least to me came as a surprise, since I thought that the units would have had white (or the earlier blue) uniforms still at the start of the war.

The “Old” uniform is white 1790s pattern, “Middle” refers to the blue coat of the 1802 pattern, and the “New” is the white 1806 pattern. All units had red cuffs, collars, lapels and turnbacks.

All of the battalions were listed as being well armed.

Battalion Province Location Strength Missing State of uniform
1. Gr.Bat. 1. Div. Portugal Setubal 864 42 New
2. Gr.Bat. 1. Div. Portugal Setubal 864 81 Middle
2. Gr.Div. Portugal Lisboa 1440 10 New
2. Gr.Bat. 4. Div. Portugal Porto 720 11 Old
3. Gr.Div. Andalucia Campo de Gibraltar 1440 27 Old
Jaen Andalucia Alxeciras 600 16 New, provisional, brown
Lorca Andalucia Alxeciras 600 38 New, provisional, brown
Siguenza Andalucia Quartel de Buenabina 600 21 New
Guadix Andalucia San Roque 600 12 Could not provide info
Chinchilla Andalucia Estepona 600 42 Could not provide info
Malaga Andalucia Los Barrios 600 199 Could not provide info
Cuenca Andalucia Tarifa 600 4 New, provisional, brown
Ecixa Andalucia Cadiz 600 11 New, provisional, brown
Xerez Andalucia Cadiz 600 26 Could not provide info
Cordova Andalucia Cadiz 600 16 Could not provide info
Toledo Andalucia Cadiz 600 21 Could not provide info
Ronda Andalucia Cadiz 600 26 New, provisional, brown cloth
Ciudad-Real Andalucia Puerto de Sta Maria 600 25 Do not have uniforms
Truxillo Andalucia Puerto de Sta Maria 600 33 New, provisional, brown
Sevilla Andalucia Xerez de la Frontera 600 53 New, provisional, brown
Burgos Andalucia Xerez de la Frontera 600 23 New, provisional, brown
Alcazar Andalucia San Lucar de Barram 600 5 New, provisional, brown
Buxalance Andalucia San Lucar de Barram 600 6 New, provisional, brown
Granada Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 47 New, provisional, brown
Toro Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 47 New, provisional, brown
Logrono Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 42 Could not provide info
Plasencia Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 7 Could not provide info
Ciudad Rodrigo Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 15 New, provisional, brown
Badaxoz Andalucia Ayamonte 600 11 Could not provide info
1. Gr.Bat. 4. Div Galicia Grana 720 32 Useless
Tuy Galicia Ferrol 600 11 New, provisional, brown
Mondonedo Galicia Ferrol 600 9 New, provisional, brown cloth
Pontebedra Galicia Ferrol 600 32 Could not provide info
Lugo Galicia Ferrol 600 11 Could not provide info
Monterrey Galicia Ferrol 600 5 Could not provide info
Santiago Galicia Ferrol 600 4 Could not provide info
Compostela Galicia Coruna 600 1 Could not provide info
Betanzos Galicia Coruna 600 1 Could not provide info
Segovia Galicia Coruna 600 9 Could not provide info
Leon Galicia Ares 600 9 Could not provide info
Valladolid Galicia Ares 600 38 Could not provide info
Orense Galicia Vigo 600 16 Could not provide info
Salamanca Galicia Momefaxo 600 Could not provide info
Laredo Asturias Santander 600 29 Middle
Ovideo Asturias Gifon 600 57 Useless
Murcia Murcia Cartagena 600 36 Useless
Soria Murcia Valencia 600 18 New, provisional, brown
Avila Murcia Alicante 600 26 New, provisional, brown

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