Product Description: This exceptional 50 x 85 Kriegsflagge is a very impressive display object. The size of this one is 50 x 85 cm, about 20 x 33 inches, a very displayable size and that is the most sought-after of all the standard sizes in which these war flags were produced. This flag is textbook in all aspects, printed on a typical thin fabric. The colors are as bright as they were when the flag was made. There are no holes in the fabric, and all of the stitching and reinforcements are intact. The hoist end has a typical white header, which is well marked, with the flag type designation “Dt. Reichskriegsflagge” (German Reich War Flag), the size “50×85” and an illegible manufacturer marking. The rope loops at each corner of the hoist end are intact. The condition of this 50 x 85 Kriegsflagge rates as near mint plus, virtually factory fresh. There are no holes or stains, no signs of use, and only the tiniest trace of age. It’s the most desirable size, in the most desirable condition; these do not really get any better.
Historical Description: The red flag with white central disk and black swastika was introduced by Hitler in the 1920s as the flag of the National Socialist political party. In 1933, shortly after the Nazis took power, this party flag was recognized alongside the black-white-red Imperial tricolor as one of Germany’s national flags. In 1935, the use of the tricolor flag was discontinued, and between September 1935 and May 8, 1945, the Nazi party flag was the sole national flag of Germany. From its creation in the 1920s through the end of the war, this swastika flag was made and used in endless variations, from the massive banners hung at Party Day rallies to small pennants, bunting flags, and hand-held paper flags distributed along parade routes. These flags, banners and pennants flew from ships, were hung from official and private buildings, and were displayed outside business and private homes. At the end of WWII, the Allied military governments abolished the use of all Nazi symbols, including the national flag. Most Third Reich era German national flags were simply destroyed.
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