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by Marcus Schmöger
On a white field a narrow Iron Cross whose arms reach the edge of the flag. (...) This flag was probably in use as early as 1867, certainly by the mid 1880s and has continued in use until today, except for the few years in which there was no German Navy, and for East Germany from 1945 until 1990. (...) Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939 p. 4.
Norman Martin, 1998
According to the navy regulation [Marine Dienstvorschrift] MDv 161/1 (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung 1977), the admirals' flags are used by the admirals of the different ranks aboard a ship and partially also ashore. The flags follow a pattern already established in the navy of the German Empire [and inherited from the Prussian Navy] and readopted in 1956. The flag of the Admiral (highest rank) is square, white with a black Iron Cross, fimbriated black and white. The image I made is according to the construction details in Flaggenbuch 1939 (1992 reprint).
Marcus Schmöger, 21 November 2001