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by Victor Lomantsov, 7 July 2002
by Victor Lomantsov, 7 July 2002
I located a flag (obverse
and reverse) at <www.mod.mil.by>.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 <www.acadiacom.net>.
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
Certainly it is Byelorussian, but I wonder: Giving the
russophily of Mr. Lukashenka and his
predominance over the events in his country, and along with insistant rumours about language based discrimination there (favouring russian), the continued use of Byelorussian spelling in official flags is puzzeling.
Note that Byelorussian can be written either in cirillic letters (as Russian) or in latin letters, in an orthography named "lacinka" which is banned in Byelorussia and usually percieved as Polish friendly. The cirillic orthography was created early in the 20th century and As far as I know, it is practiced in several dregrees of "purity", the lower degree of which is indistinguishable from regular Russian.
Anto'nio Martins, 8 July 2002