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willb
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Thanks, but I am thinking of campaigns like the Cantabrian War (and many others) where 8 Roman legions plus Auxiliaries were deployed and the overall commander marked his HQ. I know each Legion had the Aquila etc. Those are not the ones I am thinking of but (I found the reference) the type mentioned by Cassius Dio (Roman History, III, xl, 18) “But one of the large flags, that resemble sails, with purple letters upon them to distinguish the army and its commander in chief, was overturned … in a violent wind. Crassus had the others of equal length cut down so they might be shorter and steadier to carry”

Sounds like something similar to the Labrum.   The large ones had to be carried by a man on foot.