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Flag of the Chief of the High Command of the Armed Forces 1938-1941 (Germany)

flagge des chefs des oberkommandos der wehrmacht (okw)

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[Chief of the High Command of the Armed Forces (OKW) 1938-1941 (Germany)] Image by Jaume Ollé

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A black-white bordered red swallow-tailed flag, at the center a white disk with an inner black-white-black border, in the center of the disk a black-white bordered black swastika. [On the top hoist a white-black-white bordered black Iron Cross, on the bottom hoist a white bordered black Nazi National Eagle.] Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu39], pl. VI and Davis 1975 [dav75], p. 83. Adopted 1938. Not used after 1941.
Norman Martin, January 1998

In 1938 Hitler assumed the powers of the War Minister after dismissing Field Marshal von Blomberg from that post and reorganizing the Ministry into the High Command of the Armed Forces — Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or OKW. That is why the previous flag was abolished in 1938. This flag and the following were used by Colonel-General —from 1941 Field Marshal— Keitel as Chief of the OKW.
Tom Gregg, 18 December 1997

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