--- In MexicanRevolution@yahoogroups.com
, "Bryant" <bryanth@...> wrote:
> The hats were usually the thing. Villa would have his men turn up the
> front rim of their hats in battle in order to distinguish them from
> the enemy. Zapata would do the same thing, only his men would pin a
> picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe to their hats. The colorados
> usually wore different types of sombreros from the Villistas, but the
> thing is, the villista sombreros would have a crease along the brim
> where they turned it up for the battles, and the colorados would not.
> However, as people were always members of some sort of extended family
> or clan or some other communal arrangement, it was not hard to find
> out whether or not someone belonged to one faction or another.
> Separating them from the "pelones" was easy, though. The Federal
> forces were all from out of state, and they had military haircuts, and
> they did wear uniforms.
> Villa captured all of his artillery and railroad rolling stock from
> the Federals. He initially used mercenaries to operate the artillery
> and machineguns, but he always had good railroad men of his own -
> including Fierro who was an excellent railroad engineer. I do not
> think that they painted things with a view to having them follow some
> color scheme. The ways they are painted today are like to represent
> the paint the the people in possession of these people happened to
> have in stock - the Mexican Army for instance. I think that they are
> the actual owners of Villa's military equipment that survives. Villa
> probably never painted them at all.
> --- In MexicanRevolution@yahoogroups.com, "mikehuskey51"
> <mikehuskey51@> wrote:
> > Im a wargamer currently in the process of researching and painting
> > up armies for the Mexican Revolution period. I thought this list
> > be a good place to possibly get some answers to a few questions I
> > have. Thanks in advance if anyone can help me!!
> > 1) What color were the Mexican artillery pieces painted? Were they
> > left in the paint jobs of the factory from the country they came
> > Or given a desert khaki coat?
> > Obviously Ive only seen black and white photos and you can't
> > 2) How did the various factions other than Federales tell each other
> > apart? I bring this up because I was reading in a history about Villa
> > that he had taken a garrision prisoner following a battle and he then
> > had the Orosquistas (Colorados) separated from the Federale prisoners
> > and had them shot. So how were the Colorados different from the
> > Villistas?
> > Ive seen a couple of photos of RedFlaggers(Colorados) and they
> > to me just like any other Mexican revolutionaries. So I'm very
> > curious, was there something about them to tell them apart???
>Bryant - how exactly did the types of sombreros worn by Villistas
differ from those worn by Colorados? Were only hats of a particular
style worn by each faction, and if so, who wore what style? - thanks.