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Flag of the War Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces 1935-1938 (Germany)

Flagge des Reichskriegsministers und Oberbefehshabers der Wehrmacht

Last modified: 2012-11-12 by pete loeser
Keywords: minister: war | commander in chief | reichskriegsminister | oberbefehshaber der wehrmacht | disc (white) | circle (black) | swastika (black) | cross: swastika (black) | iron cross | cross: formy (black) | eagles: 2 (blac |
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A red square flag with a black-white-black bordered white disk with a black-white bordered swastika — thus similar in effect to the ensign but with a centered disk. In the 1st and 4th field a white-black-white bordered black Iron Cross, in the 2nd and 3rd a white bordered black Nazi National Eagle. In use 5 October 1935 to 4 February 1938. Source: Davis 1975 [dav75], p. 83.
Norman Martin, January 1998

This flag was used by Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg from 1935 until his dismissal from office in 1938. At that time the office of War Minister was abolished and most of its administrative functions were assumed by the new Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) under Colonel-General (later Field Marshal) Wilhelm Keitel. A new flag was introduced for Keitel's use; when he was promoted to Field Marshal. Hitler himself took over as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Tom Gregg, 14 June 1998


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