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[Gen'l Info] A question of rank

I am interested in finding out about the history of certain military ranks.

For instance: COLONEL (pronounced ker-nal) I have heard and read, that it came from Coronel (Spanish) and Coronet (French). I have also read that Coronet was actually used as a rank by the American Continental Army and was usually given to nobles in the French and British Armies. Anyone have any documentary evidence they'd care to share?

Secondly SUBALTERN: was evidiently a rank below that of Captain, which may or may not have been replaced by LIEUTENANT which literally means "tenant in place of." Again any further references?

Thanks for any and all help.

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