Cuban Army c1910

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Cuban Army c1910

Post  buistR on Fri 19 Jun 2009, 2:19 pm

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Part of another plate from the 1922 Enciopeida Universal. The uniforms shown are those of the Cuban Army created in 1908, based on the existing Guardia Rural. Not suprisingly the model is that of the US Army of the period.

The colour quality of this particular plate is mediocre but another source "Uniforms of the World" also published about 1922 fills in some of the gaps. The blue winter dress uniforms shown are apparently restricted to officers and comprise "a dark blue cap resembling the United States model with a black vizor; a single-breasted dark blue tunic with standing collar and seven gilt buttons; and light blue trousers with arm of service stripe". The arm of service colours are described as green for infantry, yellow for cavalry, red for artillery, carmine for engineers, orange for signal corps and purple for medical. Branch devices appearing on the cap, below the national arms, follow the US pattern (crossed rifles for infantry, sabres for cavalry etc). "Uniforms of the World" states that "enlisted men have a dark blue full dress uniform similar to that worn by officers but wear tan shoes instead of black".

The white summer uniforms shown are again identified only as being for various officer ranks. The two figures with gold fringed epaulettes and waist sashes are respectively a general and a general staff officer. While the blue uniforms appear to have faded away after the early 1920s, the white ones were worn for social and ceremonial occasions until the 1959 overthrow of Batista and the disbandment of the old army (although like their US Army model high collar white tunics had by then been replaced by open necked ones worn with a tie).

The "brown khaki" uniforms are worn by all ranks for service dress (with peaked caps) and field dress (with wide brimmed campaign hats).

I will post the remaining section of the plate separately - it shows naval, police and guardia local figures, along with some Army other ranks in khaki service dress but with kepis instead of peaked caps.


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Post  Sean on Fri 19 Jun 2009, 2:47 pm

Thanks again for another post, but its a bit small.
That sounds ungrateful, sorry

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Re: Cuban Army c1910

Post  buistR on Fri 19 Jun 2009, 3:00 pm

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Not at all Sean - I had a bit of trouble with this one and was going to repost. Putting it sideways hopefully solves the size problem. If anyone with greater photobucketing skills than me can rotate it then please do.

Looks like I will have to send this one piece-meal.

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Post  buistR on Fri 19 Jun 2009, 3:32 pm

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Well that's most of it. Figure 11 is officer "plaza" (walking out?); 12 officer field; 13 officer cavalry winter; 14 officer artillery; 15 officer medical corps; 16 officer Rural Guard; 17,18 & 19 respectively soldados of infantry, cavalry and artillery in service and field uniforms; 20 soldado of Rural Guard; 21 policeman (light grey with black collar and trouser stripes); 22 Red Cross; 23 Navy officer full dress (gold stripes on hidden trousers); 24 Navy officer service dress; 25 Navy officer hot weather.

I have added some comments to the original (inadvertently) thumbnail post.

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Post  Sean on Fri 19 Jun 2009, 4:22 pm

Brilliant thanks

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