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image by Olivier Vercammen
Flag adopted February 1938, abolished 1945
Actual flags usually had on the border a small eagle with a circled
swastika with an 'M' underneath (the mark of the Reichszeugmeister)
and a size such as '200 × 335' stamped on it.
Norman Martin, 1 Jun 2000
This scan shows the war ensign construction
sheet as it appears in Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu39].
Santiago Dotor, 5 Jun 2000
Two different patterns of this flag existed:
There were no two variants of this flag, [but two consecutive flags].
The first Reichskriegsflagge was introduced 7th
November 1935. Flaggenbuch 1939 [neu39]
shows the later flag which replaced the first in February 1938.
Ralf Stelter, 13 Jan 2001
Here are both the 1st and the 2nd patern flags. They came in a few popular
sizes: 80x135 / 100x170 / 150x250 / 200x335 / 300x500 ( all centimeters
). They have normaly all a stamp of the constructor and size ( in cm or
in meter e.g. 0.80x1.35 ).
Most of them (but not all) have a marking with an eagle over a kapital M, which means the flag was Kriegsmarine approved.
Normaly the small flags have two looped rope lanyards while the larger examples have a looped lanyard at the top and a large rope at the bottom.
Olivier Vercammen, 13 Oct 2002
Actually the Austro-Hungarian war ensign was
used during World War Two as well! It was flown by the German heavy cruiser
Prinz Eugen —though only once due to the war— that took over the
tradition of the Austro-Hungarian Navy by an order dated 12 June 1940.
Source: John R. Angola and Adolf Schlicht, Die Kriegsmarine: Uniforms
& Traditions Vol 3.
Marcus Wendel, 16 Oct 2000