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Squad of Mobile Riflemans Flag

from <>, located by Talis Tomass, 11 July 2003

From this site: "Mobilo strelnieku brigade - Squad of mobile (motorized?) riflemans. - Flag presented by Canadian "Daugavas vanagi" union. Official introduction was November 11 1996. Front side is white with small CoA [really  - middle CoA] of Latvia in centre. Above is is golden inscription "Mobilo strelnieku brigade", on bottom - "Riga 1995. 10 II.". Opposite side in Latvian red with embleme of Defence forces [not sure] and motto "Labak savu galvu devu, neka savu tevu zemi". In corners of both sides are epaulets of SMR."
Gvido Petersons, 17 July 2003

Zemessadze Flag

by Talis Tomass, 21 June 2002

by Talis Tomass, 21 June 2002

by Talis Tomass, 21 June 2002

Zemessadze Is a kind of National Guard, see <>:
"The Zemessardze Organized in 1991 as the first defense force of the newly independent Latvia, Zemessardze's roots can be traced to a pre-WWII National Guard organization. An all-volunteer force, its initial strength was approximately 16,000 men with very little in the way of weapons, but with a fierce determination to defend the newly formed democratic Latvian government. Over the years the Zemessardze has retained its volunteer status, but has under-gone a number of reorganizations, retiring some of its older members, streamlining its organization, and closing some of its first military bases which were inherited from the Soviet Union. Today the Zemessardze consists of approximately 14,000 men. To meet planned mobilization requirements, the Zemessardze will be undergoing still more organizational changes, which will ultimately increase its combat capability and streamline its structure. Beginning in 1993, the Zemessardze formed a partnership with the United States Michigan State National Guard, providing the Zemessardze with enormous help in organization and training. The high degree of support by the officials of the Michigan National Guard and by the State."
Jarig Bakker, 21 June 2002