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On 2 October 2005, "On Parade" was distributed as part of "The Sunday
Times", celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Malta. "On
Parade" is available, as a series of PDF files, on the website of the Armed
Forces of Malta:
Of particular interest are the articles:
- "Maltese regiments and their Colours", by Stephen Spiteri Staines, pp. 35-36.
- "The De Redin Tower", by David P. Attard, pp. 39.|
Ivan Sache, 6 November 2008
Here is a two-page pdf file with a detailed discussion on the ceremonial colours
of the Armed Forces of Malta:
http://www.afm.gov.mt/onParade/35-36 MT REGTS AND THEIR COLOURS.pdf. What is
most fascinating is that the AFM has long had a strong artillery tradition - and
artillery in the British tradition don't carry ceremonial flags - yet it now has
an infantry regiment, complete with a National and a Regimental Colour, the
latter featuring a whole array of artillery-related emblems!
Miles Li, 4 December 2005
image by Miles Li, 1 November 2008
The Regimental Colour of the Armed Forces of Malta is an oddity amongst
military flags within the British tradition. This infantry colour bears the
symbols of artillery, which normally would carry no ceremonial flags.
Specifically, it is a red-above-blue bicolour, bearing at the centre the badge of the Royal Malta Artillery (minus Royal Crown), which is the main predecessor of the modern-day Armed Forces of Malta; the motto "TUTELA BELLICAE VIRTUTIS" means "Guardian of War Virtue". The four corners bear the seven-flamed grenade above the scroll reading "MALTA", tilted 45 degrees. Currently it carries three battle honours on scrolls, from top to bottom: "MDCCC" (Siege of Valetta 1800); "EGYPT 1882"; and (below the motto) "MALTA 1942". All emblems are in gold, with the exception of the Maltese Cross of the RMA badge, which is white. Red sleeve; golden fringe, cord and tassels; black pole with a silver finial in the form of a hollowed spearhead bearing a Maltese Cross.
Miles Li, 1 November 2008
image by Miles Lic and António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 November 2008
he Armed Forces of Malta's National Colour is the National Flag with a yellow
de Redin Tower at the centre, above a yellow scroll reading "FORZI ARMATI". Red
sleeve; golden fringe, cord and tassels; black pole with a silver finial in the
form of a hollowed spearhead bearing a Maltese Cross.
Miles Li, 2 November 2008