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Below is a series of images of flags that have been provided to FOTW; some we have recognized, and some we have been unable to recognize. If you can help us identify any of these flags, please let us know! Contact the: UFE Editor.
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Image located by William Garrison, 8 January 2022
Might this flag already exist somewhere within FOTW? Some Russia militia gathering to dance to the "Death-Skull Polka" with a tuba-player accompaniment c. 1920s? (source). Photo is titled "Drummers Prepare To Face The Opposition, 1920."
William (Bill) Garrison, 8 January 2022
This photo, taken in 1917, shows the flag of the "Death Battalion" of the 38th Infantry Division. These voluntary death battalions of patriotic soldiers were organized in several regiments of the Russian army in World War I. They used skulls on their uniform as a symbol of readiness for death. In the centre of the flag was a picture of Jesus Christ with four skulls and crossbones in the corners. On the reverse side is the motto "We Ready To Die For Motherland."
Виктор Ломанцов (Victor Lomantsov), 8 January 2022
Image by Tomislav Šipek, 9 January 2022
This white Mauritania flag with the state emblem is unknown to me. Maybe it's the presidential flag? Does anyone know? (source).
Tomislav Šipek, 9 January 2022
The Mauritanian President does seem to be using the flag. (source)
Nozomi Kariyasu, 9 January 2022
It seems to only be around the president at this website.
Zachary Harden, 9 January 2022
Image from Tom Gede, 9 January 2022
Curious if anyone can identify this flag held up at a 2010 football (soccer) match between the Netherlands and Sweden? The yellow of the Östergötland flag, but different with a horizontal dark blue stripe and white bordering. (at 0:41)
It was held up as the Swedish side was signing Du gamla, Du fria, so it would seem to be something patriotic. It doesn't seem to correspond to any of the Swedish national areas, or any of the major cities, that I could check, anyway. Sometimes people have team flags, maybe that is the flag for the team? It sort of looks like one of the several team jerseys, but the ones I have seen have with a blue horizontal stripe have a smaller blue stripe above the blue stripe, and no white border to the blue stripe. So it is not the jersey design.
Tom Gede, 9 January 2022
Image from William (Bill) Garrison, 12 January 2022
The caption reads: "An old Israeli tank apparently in the Israeli-occupied area of the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian town of Quneitra in the Syrian portion of the Golan Heights on Feb. 11, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90." (source)
The tank is flying two flags: the flag of Israel and an unidentified white-field flag bearing Hebrew script - which may be associated with some Israeli settler movement near this tank....or??
William (Bill) Garrison, 12 January 2022
Images modified and located by Esteban Rivera, 12 January 2022
There is another image of the same flag, in a much better image resolution here. This same question was posted today on Reddit. The answer given was as follows: "It's a flag of a logo used by Israel's Ministry of Defense's Social Security Division. Here's a video where they use the logo. I can't read Hebrew but it looks like the words on the flag match up with the words at the ending the video" (source).
And regarding that answer, there is a follow up: "That helps a lot! Good find. Reverse image searched the full logo in that post and eventually that led me here." (source)
So, all in all, the flag displayed is apparently that of the Social-Security Division (האגף הביטחוני-חברתי), or Branch, of the Ministry of Defense (source). It was established in 1949 first as Youth and Nahal (נוער ונח"ל) - Nahal being an abbreviation of Pioneer Youth Warrior (נוער חלוצי לוחם) - established on August 19, 1948, as a Reserve component due to the general mobilization. (source #1) (source #2)
For additional information go to: NOAR MOD (official website) and Nahal (official website).
Images Sources: Image #4a is a cropped image from the original located here (source) and image #4b is a cropped image taken from the original located here (source).
Esteban Rivera, 12 January 2022
Image from William (Bill) Garrison, 13 January 2022
The yellow-field flags of the Japan Artillery units are on FOTW here. But this photo shows a different yellow-field flag, perhaps it is related to the Artillery, as well. However, the logo on the red stripe is also solid-red - unlike the other yellow red-stripe flags. The photo source notes states that this flag is of the 12th Brigade, but doesn't specify which branch. A brigade is usually a pretty good size unit - but I see nothing about brigades on the FOTW Japan artillery page. Maybe someone can clarify this and identify the flag?
Source: Online MEMRI article "Deterring the Dragon": (Jan. 12, 2022). An article about China, but showing Japanese army flags. The caption reads: "JGSDF Camp-Utsunomiya commemorative event, April 2007. Flag of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, 12th Brigade." (source)
William (Bill) Garrison, 13 January 2022
It seems to be a deeper shade of gold and not red, judging from the
JGSDF Utsunomiya Garrison 66th Anniversary Event Tour Record and the Kitaoji Agency,
it seems the red and gold blend in together at times.
This is the JGSDF 12th Artillery Unit, based in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref. The original photo came from here, which also cites it was from the Camp-Utsunomiya 2007 event. The unit name would appear in the bottom hoist in the flag in a small white strip.
Zachary Harden, 2 February 2022
Image from Alan Levy, 18 January 2022
I am a collector of law enforcement badges and I found a badge that I was told was from a steamship line. It has what I can only assume is a "house flag" in enamel in the center. The person I bought it from knew nothing more about it. I don't know if it was a passenger line, freight line or ferry service. I suppose it could have been ocean going or from the Great Lakes. From it's style, hallmark and construction I would estimate it to be about 1920's-1940's. The panel at the top of the badge reads "L.D. Co. Inc." If you can aid in it's identification, please let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Alan Levy, 18 January 2022
So far we have "L.D. Co. Inc.," which matches the flag being "LD." Other than that, the police badge has a 700 mark. We've seen those before. For Police, is this 700 hours of flight, or 700 trips?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 26 March 2022
I would assume that this is badge number 700, the officer's personal badge number.
Russ Adams, 26 March 2022
Images by Pete Loeser, 28 March 2022
This is a real stretch, but there is a modern French ferry company called the LD Lines that runs ferry services connecting ports in the UK, Spain, France and Ireland. Their house flag uses the same colors, possibly the same initials (LD?), some similar design elements, and might be related? Perhaps this was an old badge used by the company security police on LD ferries or at their port facilities? I expect I'm really bird walking here.
Pete Loeser, 28 March 2022
Has nobody seen the inscription "POLICE" at the top? It is furthermore a police star like used in many European countries. "D" might be "department". Strange is only the number "700" at the bottom. Perhaps 700 imprisonments?
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 March 2022
I note that various old editions of Lloyd's Register of Shipping are on google books. It'd be a slow process, but anyone enthused enough could probably go through the companies register at the back of these to hunt for an LD Co Inc from the 1920s or 1930s.
James Dignan, 29 March 2022
Image from David Barnhill, 19 January 2022
I am a relatively new collector of militaria from the WWI/WWII periods, mostly in flags. I am attaching a photo of a flag that allegedly is from the Nazi era, maybe post era. The claim is that it is possibly a Nazi Army veteran/Iron Cross recipient flag. Or, It could just be a fantasy flag. Do you have any knowledge about this flag, or do you know of anyone who might?
David Barnhill, 19 January 2022
This is not a historic flag at all, but one of modern manufacture. It is based on a fictional Fourth Reich that is part of the Alternate History Wiki website for its Fandom. It appears to be a rip-off fantasy flag based on the real historical "German War Ensign of the Third Reich" used between 1935-1945 but this modern flag was never a real historical flag.
As a point of reference for those collecting Third Reich flags, the use of metal grommets was not a common practice used by German flag manufacturers during the NSDAP era. German World War II era flags in general usually had a rope sewn to the bunting with no heading, although some had a canvas heading with the rope sewn in, and if they did have hand-worked steel grommets they normally looked more like buttonholes. Those with hand-worked grommets could have metal or leather pieces under the stitching to reinforce the material. Many Military flags commonly had a sleeve through which a pole could be passed, or they might even have a series of hand-worked buttonholes that were then lashed individually to the pole. Almost all metal grommets used on flags after about 1890 were brass except in places where a shortage of brass developed during World War II (1942-44). The point of this is, it appears that the grommets on your flag appear to be of modern manufacture and not made of steel or brass at all.
Pete Loeser, 2 February 2020
Image from William Garrison, 19 January 2022
A white-field flag, with 2 lines of slogans and a logo. (source)
William Garrison, 19 January 2022
Image from Steve R., 28 January 2022
Any information appreciated,
Steve R., 28 January 2022
Unknown flag, submitted as Japanese, but I am not convinced the script is Japanese. Some characters look Chinese. Perhaps one of our Chinese or Japanese - reading list members can translate the script?
Rob Raeside, 29 January 2022
It must be Japanese - not only the central emblem has a Japanese look, but the text begins with the characters 日本 - i.e. "Japan" - as well.
Tomislav Todorovic, 29 January 2022
The kanji read, from right to left:
Japan Airlines Company Limited
Industrial Association for Serving the Nation
In 1940 the wartime Japanese Government dissolved the existing trade unions, replacing them with the Industrial Association for Serving the Nation (Sangyo Hokokukai), which was itself dissolved at the end of World War II in 1945.
Miles Li, 29 January 2022
Image located by: Bill Garrison, 31 January 2022
The caption on this photo of an unknown red Abu Dhabi/UAE flag read: "President Isaac Herzog inspects an honor guard with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, January 30, 2022 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)." I took a quick look at FOTW and did not see it.
Source: The Times of Israel: February 1, 2022.
Bill Garrison, 31 January 2022
It is very similar to the Armed Forces flag.
Rob Raeside, 31 January 2022
Speculative image by: Pete Loeser, 1 February 2022
That does look very much like an ensign of the United Arab Emirates Military in the canton (The red vertical strip along the hoist doesn't show) and the eagle on the fly also looks like that of the Abu Dhabi Armed Forces. Perhaps this is a military command flag of some sort? I offer a speculative drawing based on the photo and other existing illustrations for when we positively identify the flag.
Pete Loeser, 1 February 2022
Image from Bill Garrison, 3 February 2022
There appears seven unidentified poorly viewable flags pertaining to Bahrain in this photo. I took a look at FOTW, but outside the Bahrain national flag (#11d), I could not find the others. As this meeting occurred at the Bahrani Defense Ministry headquarters in Manama, perhaps they are military-dept/unit related flags?
The caption on the first photo read: "Israeli Defense Minister 'Benny Gantz' right, and Bahraini Minister of Defense Affairs 'Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Nuaimi' shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding at the Bahraini defense headquarters on February 3, 2022. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)"
The caption on the second photo read: "Gantz signed the agreement with Bahraini Defense Minister 'Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Nuaimi', alongside Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force 'Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa', at the Bahraini Defense Ministry headquarters in Manama, Bahrain." (source).
Bill Garrison, 3 February 2022
From Weekly UFE Update Message: "Seven government department flags posted in February and no IDs? Really?"
Pete Loeser, 7 March 2022
They are derived flags+ can anyone hazard a guess what extra bits we see, that we can then add to Bahrain as base flag?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 5 March 2022
I'd say we go with the Bahrain Defence Force Flag for Flag #11e. At
least, it is quite similar to what is shown on Wikipedia, although I can't quite make out what writing should or shouldn't be on it. Is there Anyone who can read what it says?
Indeed Flag #11d looks like the Bahrain National Flag.
Flag #11g seems related to the Bahrain Defence Force Royal Medical Services Flag.
Flags #11a, #11b, and #11c all seem some sorts of general defence flags, although they all have a crown in the upper hoist, as does Flag #11f. All royal guards units?
(Then again, I'd say the darker color of Flag #11b suggests marines.) If only we could read all the separate texts. Not as helpful as I would have hoped. Anyone else to move this forward a bit? Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 7 March 2022
Regarding these Bahrain flags, about a month ago I sent an email to the Bahrain Embassy in Washington D.C. and asked them if they could contact someone within their defense department for help in identifying the flags. So far, no response.
Bill Garrison, March 2022
Image from Esteban Rivera, 4 February 2022
The following image seems to be related to either a local organization or a European organization. I known that doesn't sound like much, but I hope that by looking at the picture maybe someone can identify it. (image) (source)
In the original picture, there are four flags, from front to rear (left to right) as follows, the flag arrangement according to protocol is inverted, that is, first and last the UFE in question, whereas the European Union should be second and the Luxembourg should be third):
- European Union
- UFE (same as the first one)
Esteban Rivera, 4 February 2022
This is a company flag, belonging to the Luxembourg-based company Labgroup: Labgroup provides since 1977 information management & archiving services to organisations and institutions.
Olivier Touzeau, 4 February 2022
Image from William Garrison, 16 February 2022
The caption on this light-green flag reads: "An unidentified light-green-field flag with white logo & Hebrew lettering, at an observatory (lookout) on Mount Adir. (source.
William Garrison, 16 February 2022
The flag sent by Bill is a commemorative flag of the Northern Command. It is located on an observation point at Har Adir (הר אדיר, Mighty Mountain). The site now is a public park managed by the Nature and Parks Authority (רשות הטבע והגנים) formerly known as the "Nature and National Parks Protection Authority", (source) that features trails available for hiking and observation spots (inaugurated on July 3, 2012). Within the park, there's a spot dedicated to the 121 soldiers (out of a total of 155 casualties including 34 civilians, although other sources mention 44 civilians) (source) that perished during the Second Lebanon War (מלחמת לבנון השנייה), also known as the "2006 Lebanon War", the "2006 Israel-Hezbollah War" and even the "July War" (حرب تموز). The term "Second Lebanon War" was adopted in March 2007, proposed by the so-called Winograd Commission (ועדת וינוגרד), formally the "Committee to Examine the Events of the Campaign in Lebanon 2006" (הוועדה לבדיקת אירועי המערכה בלבנון 2006) (full committee report) A political and military reviewing commission headed by Judge Elijah Winograd (אליהו וינוגרד) was established and subsequently approved by the Israeli cabinet. Sources: source #1, source #2, source #3, source #4, source #5, source #6, and source #7.
Image from Esteban Rivera, 18 February 2022, 16 February 2022
Northern Command flag, Current Version (source).
Notice the deer logo featured on the Northern Command's flag, as well as the commemorative flag, the deer being white with inscription in Hebrew, over a green horizontal flag.
For additional information go to the Adir Mountain website [which is currently unavailable, accessible only through here] and the Northern Command official website.
Esteban Rivera, 18 February 2022
Image from Linda Kennedy,17 February 2022
I am writing from New Zealand. I am the GGG Grandaughter of Captain Dugald Archibald Kennedy, an early colonial captain of our waters. He was captain of the Airedale (run aground in 1871 in New Plymouth NZ) the Wonga-wonga (first steam ship up the Whanganui river , NZ) plus several others. He was also married to Harriet Martin, daughter of Captain Martin, of the Nelson.
I was wondering if someone in your friend group might know about this cap badge. It is allegedly Captain Kennedys, but we can't figure out what line it belonged to or if it is military. Do you maybe have some idea ? We have an English crown, the blue flag and the anchor... and that's about it! Does having a crown indicate the line was under royal patronage? Or maybe it was Captain Martins? Many questions.
Linda Kennedy,17 February 2022
This is, of course, a standard British merchant naval officer's cap badge as worn by the officers of those ships belonging to a particular company (as was occasionally seen this period - and still is as far as I know). The identity of the company whose house flag is shown is well outside my area of knowledge, however, the Anchor Line of New Zealand would seem to fit the bill even though their current flag is somewhat different?
Christopher Southworth, 18 February 2022
[Message from Linda Moffatt, Library Technician, The Vaughan Evans Library of the Australian National Maritime Museum - Forwarded by Ian MacDonald, 6 March 2022]
"In answer to your enquiry this is the information found by our Museum Associate, Lindsey Shaw.
The cap badge almost certainly relates to the Panama, New Zealand & Australia Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. I found the [following] information and it includes the company crest from a dinner plate!
Dugald Archibald Kennedy 1830-1908 (aka Archibald Dugald Kennedy; Archibald Kennedy) arrived in New Zealand in March 1854 as 2nd Officer of the Nelson, under Captain Edward Martin. He married Harriet Martin (Captain Martin's daughter) in 1855.
His ships include Lady Grey (1855-57); Wonga Wonga (1857-59); Lord Ashley (1859, 1861); Lord Worsley (1861); Airedale (1861, 1862, 1869, 1871); Phoebe (1863, 1877); Easby (1874, 1875); Hawea (1881); Hauroto (1883, 1886, 1888, 1889).
The cap badge features the Royal crown which means the shipping company had a Royal charter to carry the mail. It is not a military (Navy) badge."
Linda Moffatt, 3 March 2022
Images located to make speculative flag drawing by Pete Loeser,17 February 2022
I add to the above information a little history. The "Royal" story starts when the "Intercolonial Royal Mail Steam Packet Company" of Sydney in 1857 was awarded a government subsidy to deliver mail between Australia and New Zealand. It's attempt was less than stellar. In 1863 an English company, the "Royal Mail Steam Packet Company," and the "Intercolonial Royal Mail Steam Packet Company" both were awarded new subsidies to pick up the mail from Panama and bring it to the Sydney and New Zealand ports. These two companies both merged to become the "Panama New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail Company Limited" and purchased four brand new steamers which could carry both passengers and the mail. They began their service in 1866 but soon found themselves in financial and legal trouble due to the unexpected fuel costs necessary to sail between Panama, New Zealand and Australia. It was a rather short business experience. They went out of business two years later in 1867 and a long court battle followed. (source)
So armed with this information I proceeded to try and make a speculative image of the "Panama New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail Company Limited" flag. Follow along:
- Image #14a is of the company logo on the dinner plate. A close study convinced me the company flag had a fouled anchor.
- Image #14b is a Thomas Dutton painting of the Screw steam ship "Tararua", belonging to the Panama, New Zealand and Australian Royal Mail Company Limited. (source). From it I got the colors of the flag and shape.
- Image #14c I grabbed a stock picture of a white navel anchor and pasted it on a speculative flag field.
- Image #14d I then added a more detailed anchor, but without a better drawing of the company flag, this is all guesswork. Hopefully one of our more talented illustrators and researchers can fix it.
Pete Loeser, 6 March 2022
William Garrison, 19 February 2022
I cannot identify the two flags on the left. The caption: flag (1) a white-field flag, and flag (2) a green-field flag. The flag on the right side is the Iran national flag, all behind Spokesman of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif ; c. March 2020. May be related to the "Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences" (which is supervised by the IRGC), as he referred to it during his speech. (source)
William Garrison, 19 February 2022
Image located by William Garrison, February 2022
The caption on this flag reads: "An unidentified turquoise-blue-field flag behind Basij Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani, while delivering a speech on 22 Nov 2019 in IRIB's Kosar Hall." (source).
William Garrison, February 2022
image by Rob Raeside, 10 February 2022
Amid the Confederate Battle flags, Yellow rattlesnake flags, swastika defaced Maple Leaf flags and other usual right wing rubbish at the Convoy Demonstration in Victoria on 2022-02-05, there was a flag that I haven't seen before. It was roughly 3 ft. x 6 ft. in size, obviously commercially printed, not sewn, black banner with diagonal white stripe from the top of the hoist to the bottom of the fly. The white stripe was roughly as broad as the arms of the white and blue saltre in the Confederate Battle flag. Does anyone know the significance of this banner?
Michael Halleran, 9 February 2022
original posting (click to enlarge)
Photos from Zachary Harden, 17 February 2022
[Editorial Note: The actual flag has a black field although these photos make it appear blue.]
This flag belongs to the group "Diagolon," who have made an appearance at the Ottawa protests. Attached is a picture of their flag, along with group information, posted by the Portland Flag Association using sources provided in this Instagram posting.
Zachary Harden, 17 February 2022
Zachary provided a screen capture from Instagram showing the flag and some Diagolon members. According to the Urban Dictionary, Diagolon is a proposed nation composed of territory from former American States and Canadian Provinces, which when mapped, form a Diagonal line from Alaska to Florida.
Rob Raeside, 17 February 2022
Images from John ,23 February 2022
Klaus Michael suggested you may be able to help identify this enamel badge. Could it be a veterans badge? It was attached to a German-made Elbe hat.
John , 23 February 2022
I believe this is a patriotic badge of the Imperial Naval Association in the form of the Reich War flag of the First World War. For those not familiar with the Imperial War Flag I direct you to "The History of the Imperial German War Flag (1867-1921)" and on FOTW more information is found here.
Images located by Pete Loeser, 25 February 2022
I share these images of almost identical German Reich War pennants (Wimpels) that your badge appears to be based on. Mostly these pennants, table flags, and badges were made for veterans organizations, commemorative events, or for individuals - and more often than not, they are rectangular shaped like the actual War Ensign were. Exactly what event, reason, or purpose your particular badge was manufactured for would be impossible to determine. Just consider it a nice example of a veterans commemorative hat badge.
Pete Loeser, 25 February 2022
This Reichskriegswimpel seems to be a pennant version of the Reichskriegsflagge, but I doubt, if such a pennant really existed historically, though I see the three examples above. Stick pins often were worn by members e.g. of shipping companies, and maybe former naval officers. That hat is called an Elbsegler. The late German chancelor Helmut Schmidt wore that kind of hat. But the Imperial Navy is gone since about 1918. That's more than 100 years ago.
The Reichskriegswimpel you found may be simply souvenirs. The German service flag is also manufactured for touristical purposes or souvenirs, although it is forbidden for private persons to hoist that flag in Germany, they are all "unofficial". The only thing I can definitely say with certainly is these pennants are more or less the same pattern as the Reichskriegsflagge and now banned in Germany.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 March 2022
I have a small caveat about this information supplied by Klaus Michael on his item - despite the heading he calls it a pennant version of the Reichkriegsflagge and quite rightly states that any flag bearing a swastika is banned, however, this is actually a pennant version of the Kaiserlichekriegsflagge which (at least as far as I know) isn't forbidden to the general public?
Christopher Southworth, 4 April 2022
I believe in Germany, because of the use of both the Reichkriegsflagge and the Kaiserlichekriegsflagge by modern extremist groups, they have both been banned for display in public, especially at football/soccer games. I may not be correct, however, as I don't live there.
Pete Loeser, 9 April 2022
A pennant version of the Reichskriegsflagge does not appear in the 1905 version of Flaggenbuch nor in the 1926 version. It might be that naval veterans had permission to use a pennant version as a cap badge, but it is not an official flag of any kind of German Naval Association. Flaggenbuch 1939 would be too late late, as the Reichskriegsflagge then had been already replaced by the National Socialist version.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 April 2022
Image located by William Garrison, 1 March 2022
The caption on this flag reads: "Unidentified green-field flag with stylized gold-colored "Allah" logo (with slogan below logo); from religious sermon by Abolghasem Tatari in mosque in Garmeh, Iran; c. 25 Feb 2022." (source)
William Garrison, 1 March 2022
Images located by William Garrison, 2 March 2022
On February 8, 2022, in Tehran, the Syrian Ambassador to Iran, Shafik Ali Dayoub, met with Seyyed Abdul Fattah Nawab, the Representative of the Supreme Leader for "Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs." The photo caption reads: "The meeting of the supreme leader's envoy on pilgrimage affairs with the Syrian ambassador to Tehran. (IRNA, February 8)" (source) These two unknown flags may be related to Nawab's office, particularly the green-field one, as its logo pictures the holy Kaaba Shrine that many Muslims attempt to visit during hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia." (source)
The Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Organization (سازمان حج و زیارت) was founded in 1979 and before that Hajj Pilgrimage matters were managed by the Ministry of Interior. " In Iran this organization is a subset of the Ministry of Culture and_Islamic_Guidance. Does anybody recognize these flags?
William Garrison, 2 March 2022