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Wittenberg County (Germany)

Landkreis Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt

Last modified: 2021-07-16 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: wittenberg(county) | parted per fess | sword(red) | reichsrennfahne |
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[Wittenberg County flag #1]
3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005
[Wittenberg County flag #2]
3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 July 2021
   

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Wittenberg County

Wittenberg County Flag

It is a red over black horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: §2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, version 2 September 2017 and presentation of Klaus Günther on 27 September 2020 in Schwarzburg (DVT28)
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

Wittenberg County Banner

[Wittenberg vertical flag] image by Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

It is a red-black vertical bicolour with arms shifted to the top.
Source: §2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, version 2 September 2017
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

Wittenberg County Coat of Arms

[Wittenberg CoA] image by Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

Shield parted per fess of Sable and Argent, over all two swords Gules in saltire.
Meaning:
The arms had been also the arms of the Dukes of Saxony-Wittenberg as Archmarshalls of the Holy Roman Empire. We here have one of the rare cases that a coat of arms is directly derived from a flag, the so called "Reichsrennfahne" (literally: empire's running flag). The name is based on the act of Berennung. It was celebrated, when a nobleman received a fiefdom from the Emperor, who was sitting on a scaffold, which was circuited thrice by horse in full speed. This act was fulfilled first without and later with flag.
Sources: §2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, last updated on 2 September 2017, here and here
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

The arms were approved on 28 February 1939 and confirmed on 21 November 1994 by the County Council. The flag was approved on 14 October 1996.
Source: letter with painting from the county office to Falko Schmidt
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005


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