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Dictionary of Vexillology: A (Augmentation - Azure)
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AUGMENTATION OF HONOUR/HONOR (AUGMENTATIONS or AUGMENTED)
Heraldically derived terms for the charge added to a flag or coat of arms to indicate special recognition for some – not necessarily military – service - an honorary distinction, addition of honour, augmentations or augmented (see also
National Flag, enlarged detail and Naval Jack of Malta
a) An example of the above would be the George Cross which was added to the arms of Malta in 1942, and now appears on their current national flag, national arms, and naval jack – see ‘George cross’.
b) This is in comparison to a battle honour which is almost invariably related to combat and is entirely military in character.
See 'ancient 2)'.
An Auncient/Ancient, English c1590 (fotw)
The term used to cover an area of light usually (but not invariably) surrounding the whole or a part of some revered object or person – but see ‘nimbus’.
Arms and Flag of Olsztyn, Poland (fotw)
One interpretation of the Auriflamma/Oriflamme (fotw)
A colloquial term for one of the several designs suggested (over a period of several years)
as alternatives to the current Australian national flag.(see also
‘flag design competition’ and
Three examples of an
from 1993 – 1997 (fotw)
Please note that Ausflag Ltd is an organization committed to the
promotion of a new Australian national flag
See ‘outrigger flag’.
See ‘car flag’.
Flag of the Automobile/Car Flag,
Prime Minister and the President of the State Parliament, Saar, Germany (fotw)
See ‘rank plate’.
Automobile/rank plate, General Army and Marine Corps US
In heraldry see ‘mixed tinctures’.
Brunatre and Tenne
See ‘government ensign’ under
Ensign for Auxiliary Ships, Ukraine (fotw); Ensign for
Auxiliary Ships, India (fotw); Ensign for
Auxiliary Ships 1966–1990, East Germany (fotw)
In heraldry the term sometimes used to describe two animals or other charges that are placed back to back –
but see ‘addorsed 2)’.
Flag of Schmerikon, Switzerland (fotw );
Arms of Parada, Portugal (fotw);
Flag of Orbe, Switzerland (fotw )
Please note that this word has a different meaning in Modern English, however, its etymology would suggest that it would have been correct usage at an earlier date.
A symbol of the Portuguese branch of the Order of Calatrava – the Avis Order – but see
(also ‘cross of Calatrava’).
Flag of Benavente, Portugal (fotw);
Putative Banner of Arms of the Avis Order, Portugal (fotw);
Flag of Avis, Portugal (fotw)
AWARD FLAG (or AWARD PENNANT)
A flag or pennant signifying that the organization displaying it has received
the citation, commendation or other award usually represented by the flag's design -
honour banner or
touring flag (see also
‘battle efficiency pennant’,
‘blue flag’, ‘E pennant 2)’ and
The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, UK (fotw);
Naval Energy Conservation Award, US (fotw);
Beach Quality Award Flag, Portugal (fotw)
Please note that such awards (and their accompanying flags) are often only held for a limited
In largely US usage, a streamer attached to the flag of a military unit to
signify the award of an order, citation, decoration, or similar collective honour
(see also ‘streamer 1)’).
Valorous Unit Award Streamer, US
A heraldic term for the colour blue - see
‘rule of tincture’).
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