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Dictionary of Vexillology: K (Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge - Kommandowimpel)

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KAISERLICHE KRIEGSFLAGGE
The German for Imperial War Ensign, and referring to the War Ensign of Imperial Germany – but see ‘war flag 1)’ and ‘war flag 2)’.

Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge 
Kaiserliche Kriegsflaggen / War Flags of Germany, 1870 – 1892, 1892 – 1903 and 1903 – 1919 (fotw)


KAMON
See ‘mon 2)’.

[kamon]
Imperial Standard of Japan (fotw)


KERNELLED
An alternative heraldic term to embattled - ‘embattled’.

[Kernelled] [Kernelled]
Flag and Arms of Radkov, Czechia (fotw)


KHANDA
A blue emblem, usually on a triangular pennant with saffron field and symbolic of the Sikh religion (see also ‘pennant 2’ and ‘religious flag’).

[Sikh khanda]
The Khanda of the Sikhs (fotw)


KENT VANE-FLY
See ‘bob’.

Kent vane-fly
Kent Vane Fly/Bob of the Thames Barge Sailing Trust, UK


KING’S BROAD PENNANT
See ‘broad pennant 4)’.

King's broad pennant
King’s Broad Pennant until 1973, Greece (fotw)


KING’S COLOUR (or COLOR)
See ‘colour 2)’ and ‘colours 2)’.

King's colour - Barcelona regiment 1810  Kings Colour of the RAF
King’s Colour of The Barcelona Regiment 1810, Spain (fotw); Kings Colour of the RAF 1947 – 1952, UK (fotw)


KING’S JACK
See ‘His Majesty's Jack’.

King's jack
Union Jack 1601 – 1801, England/UK (fotw)


KIRCHENFAHNE
A direct translation of this (German) term would be ‘church flag’ – but see ‘labarum 2)’.

church flag  church flag
Arms and Flag of Hermannsburg, Germany (Wikipedia and fotw)


KIRCHENSPANGE
A direct translation of this (German) term would be church clasp – but see ‘forked cross’.

Forked cross 
Arms of Affoltern, Switzerland (Wikipedia)


KLEESTENGEL (or KLEESTENGELN)
In heraldry see ‘cloverstem(s)’.

kleestengel kleestengel
Flag and Arms of Javůrek, Czechia (fotw & Wikipedia)


KNATTERFLAGGE (or KNATTERFAHNE)
See ‘vertically hoisted flag 1)’ and its following note.

flapping flag
Knatterflagge/Vertically Hoisted Flag of Sankt Wolfgang, Germany (fotw)


KNIGHT BACHELOR
1) In current UK usage, a title given when the recipient receives a knighthood that is not attached to any specific Order of Chivalry.
2) In English usage, now obsolete, see ‘pennoncier’.

[Knight bachelor]
Lance Pennon of a knight Bachelor (or Pennoncier), England 1415


KNIGHT BANNERET
See ‘banneret 2)’.

[banneret]
Lance Pennon of Sir Robert Knolles. Knight Banneret c1360, England


KOMMANDOWIMPEL
The German term for a masthead pennant - see ‘masthead pennant 1)’.

[example]
Kommandowimpel/Masthead Pennant of Germany (fotw)

Please note that a direct translation of the above is "command pennant", however, this term is already in use by other navies, and covers pennants with a different function, so the term “pennant of command” has been introduced as an alternative.


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