THE SPANISH COLONIAL UNIFORM RESEARCH PROJECT
An ongoing study of the uniforms and equipment of the Army of Spain during the late colonial period and the Spanish American War
1851 - 1898.
Rayadillo is the name given to the distinctive blue and white stripped fabric used to make the uniforms worn by Spanish colonial soldiers before and during the Spanish-American War of 1898.
The most recent additions...
New Page: Organization and Order of Battle
New Page: Belt Plates: Introduction and Dating
New Page: Hat Cockades
The study and collecting of Spanish Army relics and souvenirs from the Spanish American War is my passion. This love affair begain over 40 years ago when I saw my first rayadillo uniform on display at the Ohio Historical Society. From there it grew to collecting, displaying and writing on all things related to the Spanish overseas army from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the era in 1898. My hope is that this study will eventually develop into a reference book that will, for the first time in the English language, accurately detail the uniforms, insignia and accoutrements of the Spanish colonial forces before and during the Spanish American War. The study will focus on documented, original artifacts and period photographs from the three major colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Period regulations and first hand sources will also be presented. If you have information you would like to share related to this project please contact me, Bill Combs, at :
(¿Usted no habla inglés? ¡Ningún problema! Mi español es pobre pero si usted me escribe, entenderé lo que usted está intentando decirme.)
Remember, this is a work in progress. New topics and updated new information will be added as often as possible. I hope you enjoy and learn from your visit.
All material is Copyright 2006 by William K. Combs. No portion may be used without permission.