Military colours consist of a piece of painted or embroidered cloth attached to a lance or short pike. From ancient times, flags were used as field signs to differentiate the elements of an army and to maintain order among troops.

When soldiers were organized in regiments, the component companies received company colours or Ordinärfahnen in German. The 1st Stabs- (staff) or Leibkompanie of a regiment carried the regimental colours of the proprietor of the regiment, or the Leibfahne sovereign’s colours. In the early 18th century, the British army reduced the number of colours carried by the regiment. By the Seven Years’s War, most line infantry regiments carried only two colours, the King’s colours and regimental colours.

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