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by Victor Lomantsov, 7 July 2002

by Victor Lomantsov, 7 July 2002

I located a flag (obverse and reverse) at <>.Is it Belarus military colours?
Dov Gutterman, 6 July 2002

Yes, it is military colours of Belarus Army.
Obverse: state CoA, inscriptions: "Armed Forces" (above), "Republic of Belarus" (below)
Reverse: army emblem (red star inside oak and laurel wreath), motto "For our motherland" (above), full name of military unit below.
Victor Lomantsov, 7 July 2002

On the front and back, is the national ornament that can be seen in the Belarus flag.  This one has no border on it.  The background is red.  On the front, the Belarus coat of arms on it. Above it, in Russian, says something I cannot make out.  On the bottom, it says "Republic of Belarus" in the same language.  On the back, centered is possibly the army symbol of Belarus.  The quote above it could have been on Soviet army flags, but I cannot confirm that at this time.  Below it, it could state where the army is located at.  The entire flag is at a 2:3 ratio, unlike the national flag being at a 1:2 ratio.
On the finial, it is in a oval shaped and colored in gold.  The oval design is from the Soviet Union, but not the color of it.  The object shaped in the oval is a star.  For sometime before finding this, either a hammer and sickle or the Belarus coat of arms were known finials used in Belarus.
On the staff, the ribbons are placed right where the top of the flag is.  The ribbon mainly illustrated is for the medal "Victory over Germany", awarded to Soviet military and civilians for helping to defeat Germany in World War II.  Apparently, many units from old Soviet countries still have this ribbon on their flags.  A ship like the "Kursk" was commissioned last year by Putin, and this ribbon was on the flag staff that had the Russian Naval Ensign.  The medal can be seen here <>.
Zachary Harden, 7 July 2002

Attention! Not Russian language but Byelorussian (they are similar but not the same). The inscription is "Armed Forces (of) Republic of Belarus", and it is official emblem of Armed Forces of Belarus.
Soviet army flags motto was: "For our SOVIET motherland" in russian ("Za nashu sovetskuyu rodinu"). Modern Byelorussian motto: "For our motherland" in byelorussian language ("Za nashu radzimu").
Officially, the finial of Belarus state flag and president flag is rhombus with a star in the centre.
The N-Or-N-Or-N ribbon was very popular in army of Russia and Soviet Union. It is a ribbon of monarchical order of St.George. In USSR the same ribbon was used by Order of Glory and medal for Victory over Germany. This ribbon is a sign of Gvardia (elite part of the Army) too.
Victor Lomantsov, 8 July 2002

Concering the black-orange-black-orange-black ribbons used on (with) army flags in USSR and exUSSR countries, those are the colours of order ribbon of militar award (St.) George Cross. Existing in Tsarist Russia (pre-1917 October Revolution), both order and the concept  of Guards itself was banned from use until 1941-1945 era. During World War II many "ancient regime" symbols were gradually returned into use (Guards units - 1941, shoulder insignia - 1943). The same approach introduced "Order of Glory", with approx. same awarding policies and ribbon colors as old George Cross.
Yury Tarasievich, 29 December 2004

Aircraft Marking

According to Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98] and <, the VVS kept the former Soviet insignia.
Dov Gutterman, 12 June 2004

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