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State Flag and Ensign 1935-1945 (Germany)


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[State Flag and Ensign 1935-1945 (Third Reich, Germany)] 3:5
by Jaume Ollé, modified by Željko Heimer
Flag adopted 31st October 1935, abolished 1945

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A red flag with a centered white disk within which was [a] black circle and an upright black-white bordered black swastika reaching to the black circle. In the upper hoist a white Nazi Party type eagle (i.e. with outstretched wings). Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939, pl. II and Davis 1975, p. 81. Replaced the former Government Authorities Flag as well as the state and provincial flags, reflecting the change in government co-ordinating the states with the National government. On land, this flag was flown over non-military government facilities, e.g. post offices. At sea, it was flown as an ensign by government vessels that were not warships.

Norman Martin, January 1998