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State Ensign 1926-1933 (Germany)

flag of government authorities at sea, dienstflagge der reichsbehörden zur see

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[State Ensign 1926-1933 (Germany)] 2:3 Image by Marcus Schmöger, 22 February 2002
Flag adopted 5 May 1926, abolished 1933

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Same as the 1921-1926 state ensign, but with the black-red-gold in the canton as in the merchant flag. This was established in 1926, replacing the jack [sic?] and abolished in 1933.
Norman Martin, 1998

Illustrated in Smith 1975 [smi75c], p. 121, but mis-captioned as State Ensign 1921-1926.
Santiago Dotor, 2000

The state ensign was changed by the regulation of 5 May 1926. After that it had the black-red-gold canton added, as in the civil ensign. Sources:

  • Valentin and Neubecker 1928 [vne28]
  • Dreyhaupt 2000 [drh00]
  • Reichsministerium des Innern 1926 [rmi26]
  • Reichsministerium des Innern 1928 [rmi28]
  • Hecker and Hoog 1978 [hec78]
  • Smith 1975g [smi75g]
  • Neubecker 1929 [neu29]
  • Neubecker 1931d [neu31d]
  • Reintanz 1981 [rnz81]
Marcus Schmöger, 22 February 2002

Variant in an official publication

[State Ensign 1926-1933, variant in an official publication (Germany)] 2:3 Image by Marcus Schmöger, 22 February 2002

The exact shape of the eagle is a difficult question. Usually this is shown as used nowadays on German state flags and ensigns. However, as there was a new pattern in 1927 for the coat-of-arms and service plates, one of the official publications [rmi30] shows the new eagle. As none of the other publications mention a change in the eagle pattern for the flags, I assume this was a mistake in this publication. Source: Reichsministerium des Innern 1930 [rmi30].
Marcus Schmöger, 22 February 2002

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