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The Greek Army has two distinct sets of flags, colours and
unit flags. The colours are the "war" flags. This
is a translation of the Greek term, although perhaps the word
"colours" is better to describe them. They are the flags carried into
battle - or supposed to be carried into battle - by the Greek armed
In peacetime colours are used for ceremonial purpose only. When soldiers are sworn in, there is a ceremony and the regiment's war flags are paraded.
Yannis Natsinas, 2 August 1999
Army colour - Image by Miles Li, 10 July 2015
All regiments of the Hellenic Army have traditionally used as their
colours a light blue with a white cross, the width of each arm being one-third the length/width of the flag, bearing St George slaying the dragon
facing the hoist. Golden fringe, cords and tassels, dark blue pole
with silver spirals, golden or silver cross finial. Proportions 1:1.
These flags were introduced in 1864 and have been in use since then.
Miles Li & Nozomi Karyasu, 10 July 2015
Navy colour - Image by Miles Li, 10 July 2015
The Hellenic Navy uses the national flag/naval ensign with golden fringe, cords and tassels, dark blue pole with medium blue spirals, silver cross finial. Proportions 2:3.
Miles Li, 10 July 2015
Air Force colour - Image by Miles Li, 10 July 2015
Since the fall of the Monarchy the Hellenic Air Force has no longer flown a distinctive ensign, but since 2000 all squadrons of the Air Force have been authorized to use colours of a new design: Light blue with a white cross, the width of each arm being one-third the length/width of the flag, bearing Archangel Michael holding a flaming sword and a shield. Golden fringe, cords and tassels, dark blue pole with silver spirals, golden cross finial. Proportions 1:1.
Miles Li, 10 July 2015
Colour's finials - Image by Miles Li, 11 July 2015
he finials of all Greek military colours, both during the Monarchy
and the Republics, have been in the form of a cross above a ball, but
other than that there have been no standard design. The majority of
colours have used the cross pattˇe with an additional pointy end at
the bottom (A), thus making this a kind of cross pattée fitchy; others
have used the Latin cross (B) or the Greek Cross (C).
Moreover, while the Navy have used silver finials and the Air Force have used golden ones, in the case of the Army these can be golden or silver, without any apparent reason (the old Royal Hellenic Army used golden and silver insignia to indicate ranks, rather than specific regiments or branches of service).
Miles Li, 11 July 2015