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Combined Service Forces (Taiwan)

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Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 03 June 2014
(de jure since 1973, de facto since circa 1992)


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Overview

Combined Service Forces (CSF) was established on June 1st, 1946 in Nanjing, China. In end of August in 1949, it was dismissed because of the Chinese Civil War. After retreated to Taiwan, the KMT Government recovered CSF on April 1st, 1950. On March 1st, 2002, CSF was officially renamed as "Combined Logistics Command of the Ministry of National Defense" (CLC). However, the English name for the flags was kept.
On December 28th, 2012, CLC was dismissed again and merged into Taiwanese Army Logistics Command. The flags were abolished on the same day.
Akira Oyo, 04 June 2014


Combined Service Forces 1952-56

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 27 May 2014

Three white rectangles and hats means "tri-services" (army, navy, and air force). The camel means "ability to carry heavy responsibilities through thick and thin." This flag symbolizes the Combined Service Forces to be responsible for supporting the armed forces no matter how difficult the mission might be.
Akira Oyo, 29 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1956-58

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 27 May 2014

Simplifies and merges the symbolization into a "tri-humps" camel, a fictional animal. The humps on its back mean "tri-services".
Akira Oyo, 29 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1958-60

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 27 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1960-64 (de facto)

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1960-64 (de jure)

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 29 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1964-73 (de facto)

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 30 May 2014

In 1964, the flag of the Combined Service Forces (CSF) was added the wing on the camel to symbolize speedy and efficient support to the armed forces. From then on, the "flying camel" became an alias of CSF.
By the way, the white outline of the Emblem was removed in 1973, so period of these flags should be 1964 to 1973.
Akira Oyo, 31 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1964-73 (de jure)

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 May 2014


Combined Service Forces 1973-circa 1992 (de facto)

Combined Service Forces Flag
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 02 June 2014