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Command and Rank Flags of the Army 1919-1933 (Germany)

kommando-, rang- und unterscheidungszeichen

Last modified: 2012-11-10 by pete loeser
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An Introduction to the Army Rank and Command Flags 1919-1925

From Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000:

  • Korps Kommando: Divided in saltire, hoist and fly white, top black, bottom red. Ratio seems to be c. 8:11.
  • Armee Kommando: Square flag, four squares (1 and 4 white, 2 and 3 black) bordered red.
  • Division Kommando: Triangular pennant [horizontally] black-white-red, c. 3:5
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

Editor's note: see Army Command Flags 1905-1925 and 1933-1945 for images.

An Introduction to the Army Rank and Command Flags 1927-1933

Image by Marcus Schmöger/Modified by Pete Loeser
Chief of Army Staff/Chef der Heeresleitung 1927-1933

From Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000:

  • Chef der Heeresleitung: Similar to the previous flag, but no yellow border. Frame is now a black border of double size that previous. Saltire is 2.5 times the border. In centre is a yellow shield lined black (rounded in lower part) with eagle in very similar pattern that the current one. Ratio is c. 3:5.
  • Obergefehlshaber der Gruppen: Yellow flag with eagle in center (c. 1/3 of the height) in very similar pattern to the current one. Ratio c. 3:5. In canton an inscription '1.'
  • Divisiones Kommandeure: Yellow triangular pennant with the eagle in pattern as the current one (placed as in previous pattern). In canton '3.D.' (and I assume also '1.D.' and '2.D.')
  • I assume also Kavallerie Division is the same as previous one, but inscription must be '1.K.D.', '2.K.D.', '3.K.D.'.
Infantry and artillery aren't shown, surely because don't change.
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

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