Large German National Banner – 191″ x 46″

Condition: Very good

Size: 191 inches by 46 inches


Product Description: This extremely impressive large German national banner measures nearly 16 feet long! Often called a “Party flag” or “NSDAP flag,” the red, white and black swastika flag was the German national flag during WWII. This is a textbook one- look original banner. Banners like this hung outside official buildings, in Germany and in the occupied countries. They decorated the streets of German cities and were flown in large numbers at the huge pre-war Nazi Party rallies. This one is very typical: it is double-sided, with machine-sewn printed swastika roundels. The materials are textbook throughout. The red body of this large German national banner is made of a thin fabric, that shows normal age and wear, with only very minor, faint staining and a small hole. The printed swastika roundels are also made of a thin fabric, that has become fragile with time. There are some splits along crease lines, and some minor holes where the flag was folded. Storing this banner by rolling it around a tube, rather than folding it, will prevent further damage. Large German national banners like this, especially in this size, have become much harder to find in recent years. This is a very striking and evocative piece.


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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