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a leader of a cause or party



an individual charged with the honor and responsibility of carrying the colors in a military formation. In the Russian army the standard-bearer was chosen from the ranks of noncommissioned officers with battle decorations. In the Soviet army he is designated by order for each unit and is usually a sergeant or officer, usually with government decorations, or a soldier with excellent results in battle and political training. Two assistants are assigned to protect the colors and to replace the standard-bearer if he is disabled.

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lSue Bramall ends a gloomy 18 months as Battle Standard (John Burke) pips Reklaw (Micky Hammond/ Jason Callaghan) in the selling hurdle at Catterick.
Kevin Darley and Darasim locked horns at the three-pole and Darasim had the call two out, but Persian Punch just hoisted what must by now be a pretty tattered battle standard and saw him off in the scrap to the furlong-marker.
Given the devastation and the large-scale employment of mercenaries, there were no battle standards from this era preserved in the town.
THE Roman legions carried an eagle on their battle standards and the Americans have an eagle as their national emblem - here we shoot and poison them.
Monro lost more than 1600 men, his artillery, baggage and battle standards.
Col Harinder Singh Attari, a retired Indian Army officer, will be at Lichfield Cathedral tomorrow to see Sikh battle standards seized by the Staffordshire Regiment during the 19th century conflict.
At Victory Square, the main war memorial in downtown Vancouver, Canada's old battle standards fly proudly from the face of the monument--every day, all year round.
But at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, when Henry Tudor faced King Richard III, his three battle standards were the arms of St George of England, the house of Beaufort and a red dragon painted on a background of white and green.