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Positions in Semaphore (Jim Croft)
Please note with regard to 2), in British RN usage ships hoisted a designated semaphore flag to indicate that they were about to make a signal by means of the mechanical semaphore system.
Semaphore Flags (Sea Flags)
Banner of France c1200 – c1350 (fotw); National Flag of France 1814 – 1830 (fotw); Arms and Flag of Zumberak, Croatia (fotw); Former Arms and Flag of Alvalade, Portugal (Sérgio Horta)
Please note that in vexillology the term may be used even if the number and disposition of the charges are strictly determined as in, for example, the US national jack.
Traditional Jack, US (fotw)
Flag of Dully, Switzerland (fotw)
a) The word semeion had a broad range of meanings in classical Greek all roughly corresponding to “sign” (see also ‘signum’) and it is accordingly suggested that the definition given above (whilst based on written sources) must be considered to some degree conjectural.
b) Semeia is the plural form of semeion, and that classical Greek writers also refer to “barbarian semeia” with those of the Phoenicians recorded as having been a globe and crescent.
Flag of Wildberg, Switzerland (fotw)
Arms of Dobříň, Czech Republic (fotw)
From left: Argentina (CS); Estonia (CS); France, French Forces only (CS)
Please note that a green, white and green square-ended pennant – the starboard pennant in the NATO signal code - is used for this purpose (at the starboard yardarm) by all warships of the Alliance, but usually only when there is no flag officer present who is flying his flag afloat. It is, however, also employed to indicate the senior officer when ships of more than one NATO navy are present in a port, irrespective of whether any flags of command or broad pennants are flying.
The NATO Starboard Pennant (CS)
The Serapis/Franklin Pattern of Stars and Stripes, 1778 (fotw)
Examples of Sergeant Major’s Colours in Venn A and Venn B, English c1641 (fotw)
Please note that these flags relate to the field officer whose rank was immediately below that of Lt Colonel, and not to a regiment’s senior non-commissioned officer as is modern usage.
National Flag of Bahrain (fotw); Flag and Arms of Milíkov, Czech Republic (fotw); Civil Ensign of Taiwan (fotw)
a) With regard to 1), the five white points on the flag of Bahrain (illustrated above) refer to the five pillars of Islam.
b) The heraldic terms to describe this type of division are ‘indented’ or ‘dancetty’.
Former Postal Ensign/Flag of Norway (fotw)
Please note with regard to 4) that a gold star (as illustrated above) or emblem indicates that the person being represented
has died in service.
From left: Armistice Day Flag, US (Dave Martucci); Service Flags US (fotw); Canada (CS)
Please note with regard to 4) that a gold star (as illustrated above) or emblem indicates that the person being represented has died in service.
The DDR Shipping Inspectorate, 1955-90 (fotw); Lifesaving Service, US (fotw); Icebreaking Service, Denmark (fotw)
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