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Original U.S. Early Vietnam War Era Rare 70th Armor Battalion Chain-Stitched Embroidered Colors (Flag) - 52” x 35”

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Original Item: Only One Available. The 70th Armor Regiment is an armored (tank) unit of the United States Army. It was constituted as the 70th Tank Battalion in July 1940, an independent tank battalion intended to provide close support to infantry units. In this role, it saw action in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations, making assault landings and fighting with the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa, and with the 1st Infantry Division in Sicily. The battalion supported the 4th Infantry Division on Utah Beach during the D-Day landings in France, and fought with the 4th Infantry Division through the remainder of World War II. The 70th Tank Battalion was one of the first three tank battalions to deploy to Korea in the Korean War, where it saw significant action, primarily with the 1st Cavalry Division.

This is a flag that represents the 70th Armor Battalion, also known as the "Colors". In the Army, regiments, battalions of regiments, and separate battalions have a stand of colors. The first color is the National Color, which is a version of the national flag trimmed with a 2+1⁄2 inch-wide (6.4 cm) gold fringe. It is equivalent to the King's Color in the British Army. The second color is the Organizational Color, which is the same dimensions as the National Color but is of a single color representing the branch of the service that the unit is from. Each branch also has its own fringe color, which the Organizational Color is trimmed with. For instance, this flag represents an Armored Unit, and therefore, the colors are Green with yellow fringe.

For regiments, the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States is in the center of the color, with the regimental coat of arms in the shield, much like this flag. The eagle holds a scroll bearing the regimental motto ("Strike Swiftly"), with the crest of the regiment's coat of arms above it, and the regiment's name below.

Unit Information

Organization: 70th Armor Battalion.
Part Of: 1st Armored Division
Branch: United States Army
Active: 1940-Present
Nickname: Thunderbolts
Motto: Strike Swiftly
Coat of Arms:
Shield: Vert, five spearheads paleways in chevron Or.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Vert, supported by two lions rampant sable langued gules a Korean gateway of the last with doors closed of the third secured by a bar with two holders of the first.
Motto: Strike Swiftly
Symbolism: Shield: The shield is green with five gold spearheads representing a platoon of five tanks entering into combat in a flying wedge formation.
Crest: The two lions refer to the arms of Normandy and of Belgium, where the unit served with distinction in World War II. The closed and bolted Korean gateway commemorates the organization's action in repulsing the enemy's attempt to pass through the Pusan Perimeter at Taegu in the Korean War.

Flag Measurements (Without Fringe): 52” x 35”

Upon close inspection, it is evident that the overall condition of the flag is quite impressive. The chain-stitched details on the yellow background are particularly striking, with the contrast adding a lovely touch to the piece. It is worth noting that these flags were rarely seen on the battlefields, as they were reserved for ceremonial purposes, which explains the exceptional condition.

While a few tangles in the fringe are present, there are only very minor stains on the flag. Apart from that, it is in very good condition, with no significant damage present. The hoist side still retains its tabs for attachment purposes, indicating that it was well-maintained and possibly stored appropriately. Overall, this is a remarkable piece that is sure to be a valuable addition to any collection.

A wonderful example that comes more than ready for further research and display.

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