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Belgium: Army flag

Force Terrestre - Landmacht

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Description of the flag

The flag of the Belgian Army (Force Terrestre/Landmacht) is described and illustrated in Vexillacta [vxl] #11, March 2001 (P. Parent, Les Drapeaux des forces armées belges).

The flag is a white field charged with a shield topped by a royal crown. Proportion of the flag is 2:3.

The shield is Gules with a Sable embattled wall. The shield is charged with a raised sword hold by two hands, the sinister one being bare and the dexter one covered with a gauntlet. The dexter hand is placed over the sinister one. The sword and the hands are all Gold.
The royal crown is Gold with a cap of Gules, ornated with Silver pearls and gems. The number, shape and colour of the pearls and gems vary from flag to flag.

P. Parent assumes that the flag of the Belgian Army is used only inside Staff offices, because barracks and other grounds belonging to the Armed Forces fly only the Belgian national flag.

The flag of the Army, as well as the Naval ensign and the Air Force flag, shall never be borne or be used during ceremonies. The flags of the Army and the Air Force flag shall not be saluted when hoisted, lowered, or passed by.

According to M. Lupant's book on Belgian flags [lup98], the flag of the Army was adopted on 1 September 1982.

Ivan Sache, 6 June 2001

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