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by Olivier Vercammen
Flag adopted February 1938, abolished 1945
The national [war] ensign had a red field with a white-black-white bordered black cross with a center disk thus clearly inspired by the Imperial Ensign. The center disk was somewhat larger and had a white-black bordered swastika instead of an eagle. In the canton there was a white-black-white bordered Iron Cross instead of the Iron Cross on the black-white-red tricolor. (...) Illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939, plate I and Davis 1975, p. 81.
Norman Martin, January 1998
Actual flags usually had on the border a small eagle with a circled swastika with an 'M' underneath (the mark of the Reichszeugmeister) and a size such as '200 × 335' stamped on it.
Norman Martin, 1 June 2000
This scan shows the war ensign construction sheet as it appears in Flaggenbuch 1939.
Santiago Dotor, 5 June 2000
Two different patterns of this flag existed:
Marcus Wendel, 20 September 2000
There were no two variants of this flag, [but two consecutive flags]. The first Reichskriegsflagge was introduced 7th November 1935. Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the later flag which replaced the first in February 1938.
Ralf Stelter, 13 January 2001