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Distinguishing Flags of the British Army (WW2 and later)

Last modified: 2018-03-21 by rob raeside
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Introduction

The Distinguishing Flags of the British Army in WW2 and later shown below come from Graham Bartram's World Flags Database websiteand from a range of printed publications.
Miles Li, 3 February 2018


Chief of the Imperial General Staff (until 1964), Chief of the General Staff (since 1964)

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 17 February 2018

FOAN 1958 showed it with the proportions of 1:2, and specified 'car flag 11 1/2 ins. x 5 3/8 ins.'. World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 17 February 2018


Field Marshal, Commander-in-Chief Forces in the Field, Army Group Commander

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 3 February 2018

The Union Jack. Same as General Headquarters during the interwar years. FOAN 1958 showed it with the proportions of 1:2, and specified 'car flag 11 1/2 ins. x 5 3/8 ins.' World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 17 February 2018


Member of the Army Council (until 1964), Military Members of the Army Board (since 1964)

[Distinguishing flag]  [Distinguishing flag] images by Miles Li, 17 February 2018

FOAN 1958 showed it with the proportions of 1:1, and specified 'car flag 9 ins. x 9 ins.'.
Admiralty Manual of Seamanship 1979 Vol.1 showed it with the proportions of 1:2.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 17 February 2018


Senior Staff Officer on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 17 February 2018

Defaced with formation sign.
FOAN 1958 specified 'car flag 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 17 February 2018


Director, Territorial Army, Cadets and Home Guard

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 17 February 2018

FOAN 1958 specified 'car flag 9 ins. x 6 ins.', however its illustration was ambiguous on whether the Royal Crest was depicted in full colours or in black outline only. In any case this flag is now obsolete.
Miles Li, 17 February 2018


General Officer, Commander-in-Chief or Commanding a Command

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 19 February 2018

Same as Headquarters of an Army during the interwar years.
Defaced with formation sign.
FOAN 1958 specified 'car flag 9 ins. x 6 ins.'
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 19 February 2018


Commander of a Corps

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 19 February 2018

Same as Headquarters of a Corps during the interwar years.
Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 19 February 2018


Divisional Commander

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 19 February 2018

Same as Headquarters of a Division during the interwar years.
Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 19 February 2018


Brigade Commander

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 19 February 2018

Same as Headquarters of a Brigade or Administrative Area during the interwar years.
Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 19 February 2018


District Commander

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 20 February 2018

Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 designated it to be Major General in rank, and specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 20 February 2018


Area and Sub-District CommanderCommander

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 20 February 2018

Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 designated it to be Brigadier in rank, and specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 20 February 2018


Line of Communication Area

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 20 February 2018

Same as Headquarters Line of Communications during the interwar years, but upside-down.
Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 designated it 'Commander of Headquarters Communications Zone in the Field', and specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'
Different from its predecessors in the arrangement of colours.
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 20 February 2018


Line of Communication Sub-Area

[Distinguishing flag] image by Miles Li, 20 February 2018

Defaced with formation number or sign.
FOAN 1958 designated it 'Brigadier in Command of Headquarters Communications or Base Area', and specified 'car flags are size 9 ins. x 6 ins.'
World Flag Database shows it with the proportions of 3:5.
Miles Li, 20 February 2018


 
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