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t, on the history of a ▓regiment. Remarking on the use of colours ▓in the past during battle, S●ir Charles Napier writes: “Grea▓t is the value of the standard; it is a telegra▓ph in the centre of the battle to s▓peak the changes of the day to the wings.● Its importance has therefore been immense in ●all ages, among all nations, and in al●l kinds of war.‘Defend the colours! form up▓on the colours!
’ is the first cry and ▓the first thought of a soldier, when ●any mischance of battle has produced diso▓rder; then do cries, shouts, firing, blows,● and all
the combat thicken round the s▓tandard; it contains the symbol of the honour o●f the band, and the brave press round its beare▓r.” So it has ever been since33
0 the ▓standard-bearer of the Tenth Legion● threw the honoured insignia of ▓his regiment among the British-▓Celtic, or Belgic, militia on the Dover coast, w●
hen Christianity had not yet ●dawned.The breech-loader has ▓caused the colours to be omitte●d in the battle-order paraphernal▓ia of modern war, and, as gunpow
der had, in ●the past, destroyed some of the glor●y and panoply of the medival ho●st, so it has lessened some of the picturesquene●ss of the line of battle of
to-day. W▓orn-out colours have one of thr●ee endings.First, and naturally, in the churc●h of the district whose name the r▓egiment bears, because the cons