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Kommandozeichen des Generalinspekteurs der Bundeswehr

Last modified: 2017-03-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Armed Forces' Inspector General (Germany)] 1:1 image by M. Schmöger, 21 Nov 2001
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A square flag divided vertically and horizontally into four square fields: first and fourth black, second and third gold, at the center the national arms as in the state flag with a red border around all four sides about 10% the width of flag. The officer who flies this flag is actually the chief of staff of the armed forces. The title Inspector-General is used because of the sensitive historical associations of the terms Chief of Staff and General Staff. The flag, however, employs the same basic checkerboard design, albeit in different colors, that was used in the past by German generals.
Norman Martin, 1 Feb 1998

According to the navy regulation [Marine Dienstvorschrift] MDv 161/1 (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung 1977), the command flag of the Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr (Inspector-General of the Bundeswehr) is a square flag, quarterly black and gold, with a red border, in the center the federal shield. I am not completely sure about the width of the border. Both the image in Album des Pavillons 2000 and the (very crude) drawings in the Bundesministerium der Verteidigung 1977 regulation show it as about 8% of the flag width, whereas the caption of the image in Album des Pavillons 2000 would indicate 10%. For the above image I followed the first.
M. Schmöger, 21 Nov 2001

The Inspector General (Generalinspekteur / GI) is the German soldier, having the highest rank of all. He is the military consultant of German government. He is in charge of development and realization of general concepts of defence. He has the authority to give directives to the Inspectors of Army, Navy, Air Force and Medical Corps.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Mar 2017

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