The History of the German Flag
For those who do not know much about Germany, the German Flag is the most recognizable symbol representing the German nation. The German Flag consists of a simple tricolor with three vertical stripes. The tricolor horizontal bands are made up of red, black, and gold. The colors used in the German flag date back to early republic days when the country was still a collection of independent states and the tricolors were used to signify the ruler of each state. At the beginning of World War II, the Red Cross was replaced by the German Flag and it was this flag that was used by the resistance against the hated Nazi regime.
The coat of arms of a German state
is also unique as they are a combination of the coat of arms of past German states. In the case of the duchies, the arms are shaped like a lion with two crowns, while for other states the arms have five points instead of three crowns. On the other hand, the tricolor used by the German navy consists of black, white, blue, green, and red with the German colors inverted. This tricolor is also known as the Schlagungenkreis or Cross of Victory. After the defeat of the German military during World War II, the design of their national coat of arms was redesigned to include a four-color scheme which was the standard in most western European countries at that time.
The four colors of the German flag
are very symbolic as they are representative of Christianity, National Socialism, Free Germany, and the Resistance. The black-red-gold tricolor has been the standard in all of Germany’s history since its inception until the reunification of Germany in 1989. The colors that comprise this tricolor are representative of the values that the German people stood for and which eventually became the foundations for modern-day German culture. In addition to the black-red-gold, the flag of Germany also features a large white star which symbolizes the purity of the German spirit. The flag of Germany is also the only one of all of Europe, which has the motto, “cerclage der Internet.”
In addition to the design elements of the tricolor,
the eagle of the German flag has been a symbol of Germany and has often been the sign of the strongest army in all of Europe. It is represented by a white and gold eagle, accompanied by another golden field that contains a German war eagle. The eagle is represented by a golden crown, while its black wings consist of numerous golden rays. The words that originally adorned the eagle’s forehead read, “Deutsches Frage.”
In addition to the eagle,
the colors of the German flag represent the different political entities within Germany as well as their relationship with each other. For example, the blue field which is the national color of Germany represents the Federal Republic of Germany, while the yellow, blue, and red fields that make up the flag of Austria represent the German National People’s Party (Volk) and the Austrian People’s Party (SPD). The red color which is used as the main shade of the flag of Austria is the color of the blood that was spilled by the victorious German soldiers during World War II. The colors of the flag of Prussia represent the state that it is located in. The words that can be found along with the tricolor of the German national flag also have historic significance to the German people and are quite significant.
As discussed previously,
the coat of arms which can be found on the flag of Prussia is a design that dates back to the middle ages. Before World War II, however, the coat of arms of many of the German states had no connection to any national colors whatsoever. Rather than being based on any type of national color scheme, these coats of arms were designed to pay tribute to symbols such as the eagle, the lion, the shield, or to specific animals or objects that were considered to be sacred to particular groups of people. As a result, the tricolors of the German national flags often bear a close resemblance to this coat of arms. Today, a coat of arms can contain a tricolor which symbolizes the German state, but before this time they were usually based on nothing more than a single color scheme.