K000781 NATIONAL WAR FLAG. (Reichskriegsflagge)

BACKGROUND: The first modern German war flag was introduced by Kaiser Wilhelm I in July 1867. The war flag went through a number of minor modifications through the years until it reached its final design format in September 1903. The 1903 version of the Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge, (Imperial War Flag), was utilized until it was abolished after Germany’s defeat in WWI on September 27TH 1919. On April 11TH 1921 a new national war flag was introduced that utilized Hohenzollern Empire tri-colors of black, white and red, with the Weimar era, (Circa 1919-1933), national tri-colors of black, red, and gold inserted into the canton, (upper left corner), with a black Iron Cross to the center. In March 1933, shortly after Hitler gained power, he abolished the Weimar era canton insert on the national war flag. The 1933 pattern national war flag was utilized until November 7TH 1935 when Hitler introduced a new, totally redesigned, national war flag that incorporated the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), swastika emblem. Of Note: The 1935 pattern national war flag was utilized until late 1937 or early 1938, when a slightly modified second pattern flag was introduced. The national war flag was flown on all Kriegsmarine, (Navy), warships, Luftwaffe, (Air Force), airfields and all buildings owned by the Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces). The flag was also to be hoisted daily at all occupied barracks and was also utilized at victory parades and special events along with the standard national swastika flag. This example is the second pattern War Flag, circa 1937/38-1945.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Second pattern, (Circa 1937/38-1945), single piece, dual sided, printed cotton/linen construction national war flag. The flag features a red base field with a central white/black/white/black bordered white disk with a black and white bordered black canted swastika to the center. The flag has black, vertical and horizontal bars emanating from the central disk with white/black/white borders. The canton features a white/black/white bordered black Iron Cross. The hoist edge has a small, dual-ply, reinforcement panel to each corner. The hoist edge is trimmed in white, tunnel looped, cotton/rayon blend bunting. Nicely maker marked, size marked 100 x 170 and KM eagle over "M" marked. Nice clean example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $650.00

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