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Bolivian military flags

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Military Colors

The color carried by Bolivian army regiments is called the bandera de guerra. It is a silk national tricolor flag with the national coat-of-arms surrounded by olive and laurel branches, about 38 cm square, embroidered in bold relief in gold and silver thread on the center of the obverse side. The name and number of the unit is inscribed in a straight line of 10 cm high letters on the obverse side immediately below the shield. Battle honors are inscribed on the reverse on the yellow stripe. The pike is 2.55 meters, topped with a finial about 35 cm long and 8 cm wide in the shape of a plated brass lance-head. Below the lance head are attached gold cord and tassels and moiré streamers in the national colors, about 135 cm long by 10 cm wide.

Authority for these flags:

Source: Bolivia file at US Army Institute of Heraldry and various Bolivian army web pages with smatterings of information.

Joe McMillan, 13 Feb 2002

Information based on a US Army attaché report from La Paz from the early 1950s:

Joe McMillan, 15 Feb 2002

Unit standardd

In addition, each unit also has a standard, estandarte de la unidad, to which unit awards are attached, but I have nothing on the design.
Joe McMillan, 13 Feb 2002

Port Commander

[port comm.]
by Željko Heimer, 11 Mar 2001

Album 2000 [pay00] shows triangular pennant in ratio 1:2~, the upper half being horizontaly divided in blue-white-blue (blue being very dark — navy blue) and lower part being white with same blue anchor near hoist. This flag is new to me and I guess it is adopted only recently.
Željko Heimer, 11 Mar 2001

My source was a photo taken by Michel Lupant at Cochabamba, in April 1998
Armand du Payrat, 12 Mar 2001

Is Port Commander a Navy position, or a civilian one?
António Martins, 10 May 2001

Air Force roundel

[fin flash]
by Željko Heimer, 11 Mar 2001

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a red-yellow-green roundel.
Željko Heimer, 11 Mar 2001

Air Force fin flash

[fin flash]
by Dov Gutterman, 07 Oct 1999

Fuerza Aérea Boliviana uses a square variation of the national flag as fin flash
Dov Gutterman, 07 Oct 1999

A note in Album 2000 [pay00] says that the national flag is painted on the fin.
Željko Heimer, 11 Mar 2001