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Eichsfeld County (Germany)

Landkreis Eichsfeld, Thüringen

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Eichsfeld County

Eichsfeld Banner

It is a white-red vertical bicolour with arms shifted to top.
Source: Ulle 1999
Stefan Schwoon, 12 Mar 2001

Eichsfeld Coat of Arms

Shield Argent an eagle Gules armed Or with a 6-spokes wheel Argent upon his breast.
The Eichsfeld, meaning "field of oak trees", belonged to the Archbishopric of Mainz for a long time — hence the wheel. Following the territorial changes of the Napoleonic times it was split between Hannover and the Prussian province of Saxony — hence the red eagle of Brandenburg. In 1945 the Prussian part was allocated to Thuringia, the other part is today a part of Göttingen County in Niedersachsen. A large part of the district belonged from the 9th century until 1802 to the State of Mainz. After 1802 the area belonged to the Prussian province of Brandenburg. The combination of the two symbols was first mentioned in 1817, when the arms were added to the great arms of the Kings of Prussia as the 32nd field (of 48).
Sources: Ulle 1999 and "Wappen und Siegel der Städte und Gemeinden des Landkreises Eichsfeld", edited by Kultur und Sportamt des Landkreises Eichsfeld, Duderstadt 1997.
Santiago Dotor, 20 Feb 2002

Flag and arms were approved on 22 March 1995.
Stefan Schwoon, 12 Mar 2001

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