Flag of the Vatican City State
.The Pontifical Swiss Guard. Flag of the Swiss Guards
January 22nd is the official birthday of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
On that day in 1506, a group of 150 Swiss soldiers, commanded by Captain Kaspar von Silenen, of the Swiss Canton, Uri,
passed through the Porta del Popolo entering the Vatican for the first time, where they were blessed by Pope Julius II.


These are drawings of the Gala Uniforms

(Not intended to be accurate in every detail, but a quick guide for the observer.)





Drummers

Halberd Bearers
Sergeants
Sergeant Major






Lieutenants

Commanding Captain

 


Insignia of Rank for the all-blue Duty Uniform












Vice-Corporal
[Vice Section Leader]
Corporal
[Section Leader]
Sergeant
[Vice Squadron Leader]
Leutnant
(Second Lieutenant)
Sergeant Major
[Regimental Sergeant Major/
Standard Bearer]
Oberleutnant
(First Lieutenant)
 

Duty Uniform with Black Beret

 
       
















Second Lieutenant
[Squadron Leader]
Hauptmann
(Captain)
Second Lieutenant
[Squadron Leader]
Major
(Major)
First Lieutenant
[Squadron Leader/
Vice Commandant]
Oberstleutnant
(Lieutenant Colonel)

Commanding Captain
[Commandant]
Oberst
(Colonel)

* Blue Ranks are Honor Ranks used only by the Officers






Other Pontifical Military Units

Pontifical
Corsican Guard
Pontifical
Noble Guard
Pontifical
Palatine Guard of Honor

Pontifical
Zouaves

Founded in 1603
by Pope Clement
VIII
Founded in 1801
by Pope Pius
VII
Founded in 1850
by Pope Pius
IX
Founded in1860
by Pope Pius
IX
Organized as
Infantry
Organized as
Heavy Cavalry
Organized as a
Household Guard
Organized as
Infantry
Disbanded in 1664
by Pope Alexander
VII
Disbanded in 1970
by Pope
Paul VI
Disbanded in 1970
by Pope Paul
VI
Disbanded in 1871
by Pope Pius
IX

    





 

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