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Command and Rank Flags of the Army 1919-1933 (Germany)

Kommando-, Rang- und Unterscheidungszeichen

Last modified: 2002-04-12 by santiago dotor
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Flags 1919-1925

From Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000:

  • Korps Kommando: Divided in saltire, hoist and fly white, top black, bottom red. Ratio seems to be c. 8:11.
  • Armee Kommando: Square flag, four squares (1 and 4 white, 2 and 3 black) bordered red.
  • Division Kommando: Triangular pennant [horizontally] black-white-red, c. 3:5

Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

Editor's note: see Army Command Flags 1905-1925 and 1933-1945 for images.

Flags 1925-1927

From Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000:

  • Chef der Heeresleitung: Yellow with inner narrow black frame near borders. Size of yellow border same that the inner frame. In inner black frame is a St Andrew cross black, six times as wide that the narrow black frame. In centre yellow shield (rounded in lower part) with a inner narrow black frame following the shield borders. Within the shield is the Weimar eagle. Ratio c. 8:11.
  • Oberbefehlshaber der Gruppen: Yellow flag with Weimar eagle (black and yellow armed and tongued red) in centre (c. 1/3 of height). In canton a black '1.D.' or '2.D.'.
  • Divisions Kommandeure: Yellow triangular flag with Weimar eagle starting in 1/5 of the flag's length and occupying 1/5. In canton is written in black '2.D.' (in model but I assume also '1.D.')
  • Kavallerie Div[ivisions Kommandeure]: Identical to the previous but inscription is '1.K.D.' (or '2.K.D.' I assume)
  • Infanterie Führer: Yellow pennant with great white disc near hoist (and also near the upper and lower part), in canton an inscription 'IV.' (and I assume also I. II. III.)
  • Artillerie Führer: Same but disc is red.

Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

According to Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000, there were two Army Groups, seven Infantry Divisions and three Cavalry Divisions in the Weimar Reichsheer (army).

Santiago Dotor, 11 October 2001

Flags 1927-1933

From Martin and Dreyhaupt 2000:

  • Chef der Heeresleitung: Similar to the previous but no yellow border. Frame is now a black border of double size that previous. Saltire is 2.5 times the border. In centre is a yellow shield lined black (rounded in lower part) with eagle in very similar pattern that the current one. Ratio is c. 3:5.
  • Obergefehlshaber der Gruppen: Yellow flag with eagle in center (c. 1/3 of the height) in very similar pattern to the current one. Ratio c. 3:5. In canton an inscription '1.'
  • Divisiones Kommandeure: Yellow triangular pennant with the eagle in pattern as the current one (placed as in previous pattern). In canton '3.D.' (and I assume also '1.D.' and '2.D.')
  • I assume also Kavallerie Division same as previous but inscription must be '1.K.D.', '2.K.D.', '3.K.D.'.
Infantry and artillery aren't shown, surely because don't change.

Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

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