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Ministry of Defence

[Ministry of Defence flag] by Rob Raeside


Armed Forces flag (Tatmadaw)

[Ministry of Defence flag] located by Ian Sumner, 4 April 2007

A flag with a similar design to the Ministry of Defence flag, but omitting the orange design around.
Source: Military Photos.net forum.
Located by Ian Sumner, 4 April 2007

[Ministry of Defence flag] image located by David Phillips, 29 March 2013

This flag was seen at a military parade, subsequently identified by Jaume Ollé as the flag of the Armed Forces. See Unidentified flags from Myanmar for the flag in context. Reported in http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28


Army Flag

[Army flag] located by Ian Sumner, 4 April 2007

Shown on the Military Photos.net forum is the Army flag ('Tatmadaw Kyee').
Located by Ian Sumner, 4 April 2007

, 4 April 2007

Commander in Chief

[Commander in chief] by Miles Li, 7 April 2007

The site at http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69914&page=8 shows a parade with a number of flags in the background including one identified as the commander in chief.
Miles Li, 7 April 2007

This flag is also illustrated in Pederson's book under "Burma" see page 72.
Martin Grieve, 7 April 2007


Cavalry or Artillery flag

[Army flag]  by Clay Moss

This flag was seen at a flag dealer in Yangon.  It is either a Myanmar Army cavalry or artillery flag. The manufacturer pointed to a picture of an army tank and indicated the flag belonged with tanks. I'm not completely sure what that meant. I did see this flag flying at an army base.
Clay Moss, 25 June 2003


Engineer's flag

[Army flag]  by Clay Moss

This flag was seen at a flag dealer in Yangon.  It was described as the Myanmar Army Engineer's flag. However, the emblem looks more like an artillery emblem.
Clay Moss, 25 June 2003

This badge is worn by Engineers. The British Army uses it as a beret badge for their Royal Engineers officers. A similar badge is used by the Royal Artillery, but not as a beret badge and the number of flames differ. The "flames" of the "grenade fired proper" on this flag appear larger than the British version though.

The colours on the flag are those worn as a stable-belt by the British Royal Engineers. Other armies with British links use similar.
Mike Fraser-Brenchley
, 16 January 2004


Yangon Army(?)

[Yangon Army flag] by Ivan Sache

This flag (see photo) was described to me [by a flag dealer in Yangon] as "Yangon Army". I don't necessarily know what that means. However, it has triggered an idea in my mind. I now wonder if the mystery purple air force flag I sent might be Yangon Air Force. Both the YAF? and the YA flags are purple with red and white badges in the center.
Clay Moss
, 25 June 2003


Mandalay Army(?)

[Mandalay Army flag] by Ivan Sache

This flag was described to me as "Mandalay Army" by the flag dealer in Yangon
Clay Moss
, 28 June 2003

"409th" flag

[409 Army flag] by Clay Moss

This flag was described to me as the "409th". The Bamar numbers 4, 0, 9 are placed in the circle in a sort of fancy form so that they'll conform to the circle. Perhaps this flag is the 409th Army, 409th Battalion, 409th Brigade, or 409th Division. I'm not certain. I do know there are numerous samples of flags like this one. Click here to see a photo of the book of badges from which this flag derived, as explained to me. This flag measured 36 x 65. I saw several flags like this one around the country.
Clay Moss
, 28 June 2003

8th Army flag(?)

[8 Army(?) flag] by Clay Moss

This particular flag had everyone at a loss for words. The emblem in the middle is a Bamar "8". Maybe this is the 8th Army.
Clay Moss
, 4 July 2003


CID flag

[Yangon Army flag] image by Ivan Sache and António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 May 2017

This flag was described as the Myanmar "CID" flag. I have no clue what "CID" stands for. The blue stripe at the hoist is dark blue while the stripe on the fly end is Fiji or RAF blue.
Clay Moss, 27 June 2003

This is probably the Central Intelligence Department. My trusted Jane's Defence Glossary has both CIA and ID. The colours of the flag suggest that it is probably part of the defence force.
Miles Li
, 27 June 2003


General Officer Commanding Army

[Army senior officer] by Miles Li, 7 April 2007

Flags of All Nations (HMSO 1958) shows this flag as "army senior officer".  It is not clear if it is still in use.
Miles Li, 14 February 2004

This flag can still be attested circa 2000.
Jaume Ollé
, 15 February 2004

[Army senior officer] by Miles Li, 7 April 2007

The site at http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69914&page=8 shows a parade with a number of flags in the background including one similar to the Senior Officer flag (but without the swallowtail).
Miles Li, 7 April 2007