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Flags used aboard the warships of the
Kriegsmarine during World War II

Imperial War Flag (Reichskriegsflagge).

Kriegsmarine flag Reichskriegsflagge
This flag served as War Ensign aboard all German warships from 7 November 1935 to 8 May 1945. It was flown in port and at sea from the stern flagstaff or the mainmast. The proportions of the flag were 3:5.
Bismarck War Flag


Jack Flag (Gösch).

Kriegsmarine Jack Flag Gösh
The national flag served as Jack and it was flown from the jackstaff on the bow while in harbor. Note the white disk with the black Swastika (Hakenkreuz) is slightly off-center. The proportions of the flag were 3:5.
Bismarck Jack


Old Imperial War Flag (Kaiserliche Kriegsflagge).

Kaiserliche flag Reichskriegsflagge
The old Imperial War Ensign was flown at the top of the mainmast once a year on the anniversary of the battle of Jutland, 31 may. The proportions of the flag were 3:5.


Admiral Flags.

Admiral Flag Admiralsflagge Vice-Admiral Flag Vizeadmiralsflagge Rear-Admiral Flag Konteradmiralsflagge
These flags were flown from the very top of the mainmast while an Admiral was on board. From left to right: Admiral's Flag (Admiralsflagge), Vice-Admiral's Flag (Vizeadmiralsflagge), and Rear-Admiral's Flag (Konteradmiralsflagge). The proportions of the flags were 1:1.


Signal Flags

Kriegsmarine Signal Flags

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