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Command Flag for Military Governors c.1940-1945 (Germany)

Kommandoflagge für Militärbefehlshaber

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[Command Flag for Military Governors c.1940-1945 (Third Reich, Germany)] 1:1
by Jaume Ollé

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Square flag with concentric fields of equal width of black-white-red. On red square, silver Nazi national eagle, with swastika in its talons. Below the swastika, the words Militärbefehlshaber.

Norman Martin, March 1998

It should perhaps be noted that a Militärbefehlshaber was the regional governor of the occupied territories (see also my Third Reich Factbook) that were under the control of the Wehrmacht:

  • Militärbefehlshaber Belgien und Nordfrankreich (in Brüssel)
  • Militärbefehlshaber Frankreich (in Paris)
  • Militärbefehlshaber Saloniki-Ägäis
  • Militärbefehlshaber Serbien (in Belgrad)
  • Militärbefehlshaber Südgriechenland
A Militärbefehlshaber was a military governor (a general) of the occupied territories that were under military control (the ones I listed above), that is he was head of the civilian administration, police etc. Whereas a Wehrmachtsbefehlshaber was —if I remember correctly— the higher military commander of the military units in a certain area (regardless of whether this area was controlled by a Militärbefehlshaber or not), for example the Netherlands or Hungary.

Marcus Wendel, 10 and 13 July 2000

The list of Militärbefehlshaber is wrong and incomplete.

Andreas Herzfeld, 24 February 2002