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Civil Flag and Ensign 1920-1939
Staats- und Handelsflagge

[Civil Ensign (Free City of Danzig 1920-1939)] 2:3 Image by Jan Oskar Engene

Ratio 2:3. The right part of the cross reaches 1/3 of the flag length. Source: Neubecker 1992 [neu92], p. 43 (in the "Supplements" section).
Ivan Sache, 18 April 2002

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Danzig was set up as a free city after the peace settlement following World War One (1919). The city then had a German speaking majority. The free city was taken by German troops in September 1939. After World War Two, Danzig became part of Poland and the name changed to Gdansk.
Jan Oskar Engene, 25 June 1996

The flag and the coat of arms of the Free City of Danzig (1920-1939) were officially adopted with the constitution of the Free City of the 14th June 1922.
Article 2 says: "Das Staatswappen zeigt im roten Schilde zwei übereinander stehende silberne Kreuze, über denen eine goldene Krone schwebt. Die Staatsflagge und die Handelsflagge zeigt auf rotem Tuch im ersten Drittel, von der Flaggenstange an gerechnet, parallel zu dieser zwei weisse Kreuze übereinander und darüber eine gelbe Krone."
English Translation: "The state coat of arms shows in a red shield two silver crosses one standing one above the other surmounted by a gold crown. The state and the merchant flag show on a red field in the first third from the hoist, parallel to this one two white crosses one above the other surmounted by a yellow crown."
There was also a flag for the members of the senate and another adiministrative flag.
Source: Neubecker 1992 [neu92].
Pascal Vagnat, 14 December 1997

It is quite sure that the flag of the town wasn't used during World War Two under the Nazi regime. A Nazi law imposed the Nazi flags and emblems to be the (nearly) sole emblems of the Reich. The flag was certainly not used either during the Communist era in Poland, and if so certainly illegally. We have to wait until 1991 to find a law concerning the emblems of the town of Gdansk.
Sources: Schurdel 1995 and Jankowski 1997.
Pascal Vagnat, 14 December 1997