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Flag for an Officer Commanding a Division (Germany)


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[Flag for an Officer Commanding a Division (Germany)]
Image by Marcus Schmöger

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White triangular pennant with narrow Iron Cross in hoist. 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.
Norman Martin, December 1997

According to the navy regulation [Marine Dienstvorschrift] MDv 161/1 (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung 1977), the officer commanding a division uses the Divisionsstander (division pennant). This is a triangular white flag with the Iron Cross.
Marcus Schmöger, 21 November 2001

Flag for the Senior Officer Afloat

Unterscheidungszeichen or distinguishing flags are used to show command or seniority in cases when ships are joined together accidentally or temporarily. These flags are used together with the masthead pennant. The Dienstaltersttander (seniority pennant) is the same as the Divisionsstander (division pennant) and is used in harbour by the most senior officer of the ships present there, if none of the ships use a command sign of higher rank than the masthead pennant.
Marcus Schmöger, 21 November 2001

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