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War Ensign 1935-1938 (Germany)


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[War Ensign 1935-1938 (Third Reich, Germany)] 3:5
by Olivier Vercammen
Flag adopted 5th October 1935, modified February 1938

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Two different patterns of this flag existed:

  1. 1935-1938: the bars of the center cross do not connect with the rings of the disc and border rings of the white disc are uninterrupted.
  2. 1938-1945: the white disc shifted slightly towards the seam. There are sections of the outer black border of the disc connected to the outer black borders of the cross, and that outer black border is interrupted by the white fimbriation and the central black stripe of the cross.

Marcus Wendel, 20 September 2000

There were no two variants of this flag, [but two consecutive flags]. The first Reichskriegsflagge was introduced 7th November 1935. Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the later flag which replaced the first in February 1938.

Ralf Stelter, 13 January 2001

The national [war] ensign had a red field with a white-black-white bordered black cross with a center disk thus clearly inspired by the Imperial Ensign. The center disk was somewhat larger and had a white-black bordered swastika instead of an eagle. In the canton there was a white-black-white bordered Iron Cross instead of the Iron Cross on the black-white-red tricolor. This flag replaced the 1933 ensign.

Norman Martin, January 1998

Actual flags usually had on the border a small eagle with a circled swastika with an 'M' underneath (the mark of the Reichszeugmeister) and a size such as '200 × 335' stamped on it.

Norman Martin, 1 June 2000

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