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Betzigau Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Betzigau, Landkreis Oberallgäu, Bayern

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It is a white-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Sep 2020

Betzigau Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale, at dexter parted per fess of Gules and Azure, at sinister Argent, a bear rampant Sable armed and tongued Gules.
The dexter half is referring to the Princely Abbey of Kempten, local ruler from 1440 until 1803. The bear is a canting element, as the municipality's name means "shire of Betzo", an abbreviation of Bernhard, which means something like "bearproof". A local legend says, that many bears lived in the local forests before their clearance.
Source: Wolf-Armin von Reitzenstein: "Lexikon bayerischer Ortsnamen" 2nd edition, München 1991, p.68
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Sep 2020

The arms were approved on 9 September 1958 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Sep 2020

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