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About the flag

This image is based on a image in the Grollier International Encyclopedia published in 1991. I think at that time COMECOM was still alive. COMECON means, "Council for Mutual Economic Assistance" ,which was formed by most of the Soviet-influenced eastern European countries, Cuba and Mongolia.
Sérgio Horta, 27 May 2000

Warsaw Pact

I have been increasingly maddeningly searching for a reliable image and/or description of the flag used by the Warsaw Pact. I found one and only one graphic (and no descriptions) for this flag on a Polish web site and it didn't seem proper simply because it was a red star on a red and pinkish background. The red star seemed embroidered but it would still not make good flag design.

I don't even know if that was an accurate portrayal of the Warsaw Pact design since I have been completely unable to find any reference to this flag anywhere else on the internet.
John Niggley, 1 June 2000

I am right there with you. I remember that site because at about the same date of your remark (I registered about then) regarding that site I too was looking and had found it. That was some small fry site on the Polish Navy. After receiving negative replies from some vexillological people last year I stopped looking. But some good news may be in order; last week I found what appears to be the emblem at Although it's not a good flag design either it's at least something.
Christopher Etter
, 27 June 2001

The picture of the Polish poster celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Pact is at
Chrystian Kretowicz, 8 August 2002

No flag existed for the Warsaw Pact. During the signing ceremony only the flags of the member-states were hoisted in Polish alphabetical order: Albania, Bulgaria,
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, German Democratic Republic, Poland, Romania and the USSR. On the subsequent anniversaries also only those flags were shown, minus Albania, which was kicked-out in 1968. The so-called 'Warsaw Pact' (formal name: 'Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance' was purely a Soviet organization to create an illusion of the equality of satellite states. The foreign officers stationed in its HQ in Moscow didn't even have access to the floors of the Central Command and their role was that of messengers transmitting Soviet orders to the Defence Ministries and Central Committees of their respective states. They didn't participate in any decision-making meetings. There was a badge attributed to the Warsaw Pact which can be seen at: and
Chrystian Kretowicz, 8 August 2002