take charge of colors

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Dear all
Please confirm if "colors" in the following context, taken from "The Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos, means "flag" or "banner".
Time: 1917
Location: a tavern in a small town in France close to an army camp
Men kept opening the door and looking in and closing it again with a peculiar expression on their faces. ...
"Say, I wonder what they've got there," said the top sergeant, who had been staring at the door. "Mush be looked into, mush be looked into," he added, laughing drunkenly... he got to his feet unsteadily.
"Corporal, take charge of the colors," he said, and walked to the door.
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