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Regional Flag 1941-1945 (Thailand)


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[Siam 1855-1916 (Thailand)] image by Jaume Ollé and Miles Li

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In Dec. 1941, Thailand was taken over by Japan and became a puppet state. It adopted (according to [cos98]) the Siam 1855-1916 flag and also adopted aircraft markings consisting of a Japanese roundel on one wing and the Thai flag on the other wing and tail. In 1945 the former symbols were re-adopted.

Dov Gutterman, 26 Jun 2003

During World War II, in accordance to Flag law B.E.2479 (1936 A.D.) [PDF], Thailand still used the "Trairanga" as the national flag. But 3 of the 4 Cambodian provinces that Vichy France gave back to Thailand in 1941, Battambang, Sisophon and Siemreap (except Angkor Wat and the city of Siemreap), used the white elephant flag as a symbol of returning former provinces during the reign of Rama V to Thailand again. Nowadays in Trat province, people decorate with this flag the same as the 3 provinces in March 23, Trat Memorial Day. On this day in 1906, Trat became part of Thailand again in exchange for many areas east of the Mekong river.

Suttipong Phuensaen, 12 Mar 2007