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National People's Army 1949-1990 (East Germany)

Nationale Volksarmee

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[War Flag 1955-1990 (East Germany)] 3:5
by Jaume Ollé
Flag adopted 1960, abolished 1990



See also:


War Flag 1960-1990

Service Flag of the National People's Army / Dienstflagge der Nationalen Volksarmee

The state flag with the central symbol in the flag of first secretary of the central committee. Illustrated in Pedersen 1979, p. 45 and Oliver 1993, p. 2. [Illustrated at the top of this page.]

Norman Martin, 13 January 1998

The German Democratic Republic also adopted a distinctive war ensign and war flag. The latter was red with central horizontal black-red-gold stripes, and defaced with the state arms enclosed within a laurel wreath. The war flag was similar to the state flag, but with a laurel wreath enclosing the state arms.

Tom Gregg, 10 January 1997

According to Pedersen 1980 the war flag was adopted in 1960.

Mark Sensen, 21 June 2000


Standard of the National People's Army

Standarte der Nationalen Volksarmee

[Standard of the National People's Army (East Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

The state flag with the Arms slightly smaller, surrounding the arms a red circle with the letters "FÜR DEN SCHUTZ DER ARBEITER UND BAUERN MACHT" ["For the protection of the power of the workers and farmers"], surrounding the circle a gold wreath. The overall emblem approximately the relative size of the arms in the state flag. Surrounded by a gold fringe (except at hoist). Illustrated in Oliver 1993, p. 3 and Taschenkalender der Nationalen Volksarmee, p. 241.

Norman Martin, 13 January 1998


Army Frontier Units Ensign 1962-1990

Ensign for Boats of the Frontier Troops of the National People's Army
Dienstflagge der Boote der Grenztruppe der Nationalen Volksarmee

[Army Frontier Units Ensign 1962-1990 (East Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

Like the National People's Army flag except with a vertical green stripe 1/5 of width of flag in the hoist. In use 1962-1990. Illustrated in Pedersen 1979, p. 45 and Oliver 1993, p. 2, 29.

Norman Martin, 13 January 1998

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