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Air Force Command Flags and Pennants (Germany)

kommandozeichen der luftwaffe

Last modified: 2013-12-09 by pete loeser
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In the Army, the quarterly pattern seems to go with the higher echelon, which would make the flag labeled in the book as Luftwaffen-Kommando go with the quartered flag and the one divided per saltire with the tactical commands. But the way the names are labeled [on the source] implies the opposite. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983, a Bundeswehr handbook.
Joseph McMillan, 7 March 2001


Flag of the Air Force Operational Headquarters
Kommandozeichen des Luftwaffenführungskommandos/LwFükdo

[Flag of the Air Force Operational Headquarters (Germany)] 1:1 Image by Joseph McMillan

Quartered black and gold with a wide red border and the Luftwaffe wings in white on the red border at the top. I assume that [this] is the flag of what is now the Luftwaffenführungskommando (LwFükdo), the operational headquarters of the Luftwaffe. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983.
Joseph McMillan, 7 March 2001


Flag of an Air Force Command
Kommandozeichen eines Luftwaffen-Kommandos

[Flag of an Air Force Command (Germany)] 1:1 Image by Joseph McMillan

Quartered per saltire black and gold, with a wide red border and the Luftwaffe wings superimposed across the center of the flag. I assume that [this] is the flag used by commanders of the Luftwaffen-Kommandos — Northern Tactical Command, Southern Tactical Command, Air Transport Command and Air Force Communications and Information Systems Command. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983.
Joseph McMillan, 7 March 2001


Command Pennant for an Air Force Division
Kommandozeichen einer Luftwaffen-Division

[Command Pennant for an Air Force Division (Germany)]
3:4 Image by Joseph McMillan

Divisions are the next level below commands in the German Air Force hierarchy. The command mark is a triangular yellow pennant bordered with red, with the Luftwaffe wings in white on the center. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983.
Joseph McMillan, 7 March 2001


Command Pennant for an Air Force Brigade
Kommandozeichen einer Luftwaffen-Brigade

[Command Pennant for an Air Force Brigade (Germany)]
3:4 Image by Joseph McMillan

Triangular yellow pennant with two horizontal red stripes and the Luftwaffe wings in the center in white. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983.
Joseph McMillan, 8 March 2001


Command Flag for an Air Force Wing or Regiment
Kommandozeichen eines Luftwaffen-Geschwaders oder -Regiments

[Command Flag for an Air Force Wing or Regiment (Germany)] Image by Joseph McMillan

Rectangular yellow flag with blue border and Luftwaffe wings in the center in white. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983. A Geschwader equates to something between a group and squadron in US terms or a wing and squadron in British terms. I believe ground troops of the Luftwaffe (air defense for instance) are organized into regiments.
Joseph McMillan, 8 March 2001


Command Pennant for an Air Force Section or Batallion
Kommandozeichen einer Luftwaffen-Abteilung oder eines Luftwaffen-Bataillons

[Command Pennant for an Air Force Section or Batallion (Germany)]
3:4 Image by Joseph McMillan

Triangular yellow pennant with blue border and Luftwaffe wings on center. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983. Abteilung would, I believe, translate into English as "section" — I do not know the organizational equivalency.
Joseph McMillan, 8 March 2001


Command Pennant for an Air Force Squadron
Kommandozeichen einer Luftwaffen-Staffel

[Command Pennant for an Air Force Squadron (Germany)]
3:4 Image by Joseph McMillan

Triangular yellow pennant with narrow blue border and Luftwaffe wings on center. Source: Schnell and Seidel 1983. Staffel is conventionally equated to a squadron, but is smaller than a USAF or RAF squadron; similar, I believe, to a French escadrille, but I am more than open to correction.
Joseph McMillan, 8 March 2001


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