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Val d'Ossola (Piedmont, Italy)

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Repubblica dell'Ossola

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In Walserdeutsch (German dialect spoken in Valais/Wallis canton in Switzerland) 'Val d'Ossola' is named 'Eschental'. Flag: blue, green and red like the neckerchief worn by the partisans. (According to an article in a magazine entitled: 'Separatists on the Southern Frontier too) . Val d'Ossola is the valley southeast of Valais/Wallis, with the cities Crevoladossola, Viladossola and Domodossola in Novara province, Piemonte.
Jaume Olle (Translated by Jarig Bakker) , 12 September 1999

"Repubblica dell'Ossola" (10 sep - 23 oct 1944), one of the seventeen republic proclaimed by the "partigiani" in free zones in northern Italy during the "resistenza" against the nazi-fascistic forces.
At <> there is a flag, probably used by the autority of this efhemeral republic.
Marco Mariani, 8 May 2001

This sounds extremely strange. As far as I know, all the "free" republic used the plain Italian tricolore. Montefiorino republic used it, for instance (it was set up in my district, I was there and visited the museum). Maybe somebody charged the flag with the coat of arms or red stars, but the green - white - red flag was never abandoned. Also the horizontal pattern is unusual.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 8 May 2001

Republica d'Ossola flag was red, green and blue horizontal according to vex bulletin, probably Flaggenmitteiulung. Also are quoted other two republics with no known flag, that existed in same dates. Republica Camia and Republica di Alto Montferrato
Jaume Ollé, 8 May 2001

The blue "flag" with a white star and a tricolor strip in the upper corner was actually a collar badge (Ital. mostrina) of the partisans of "Valtoce" formation. Subsequently a military flag was drown from it, and exclusively used by the Valtoce partisan group. Today an original flag is still preserved at Partisan Museum of Ornavasso. (Thanks to A. Longo Dorni).
The so-called Republic of Ossola hoisted no flag but Italian tricolor (almost always the monarchic one!) as well as the other partisan Republics in Northern Italy. Note that the name "Republic of Ossola" was coined only after the war, the original being "Free Zone of Ossola (or Val d'Ossola)".
Roberto Breschi, 22 May 2001

On 10 September 1944, Italian partisans establish the Free Republic of Ossola on the shore of Lake Maggiore (incl. Cannoba, Intra, Verbania,Omegna, and Domodossola) comprised 35 municipalities situated long the Swiss frontier. On 23 October 1944, the Germans reoccupy the area and put an end to the partisan republic.
Garry M. Borgacci, 11 December 2006

Padanian Flag of Val d'Ossola

image by Matteo Colaone, 25 August 2000

This is a recently used flag of a "micro-region" of Piemont, Val d'Ossola (or simply "Ossola"). It derived from the fusion of Domo Coat of Arms (for High Ossola) and Vogogna's "incudine" (=anvil) (for Low Ossola). I suppose it was proposed in '80 by the famous Padanist and vexillogist Gilberto Oneto. I've already seen some of this flags charged with the writing "OSSOLA LIBERA" held by a delegation of the cultural association "Libera Compagnia Padana". These are the only Ossola flags I've seen; I've never seen the one referred by Jaume Olle'.
However, Ossola is not more in Novara province (NO) but in the recently established Verbano/Cusio/Ossola province (VB). Ossola is also part of the Transnational Economic Community called "Regio Insubrica" (VB+Como+Varese+Canton Ticino).
Matteo Colaone, 25 August 2000