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Malaŵi Army flags

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Malaŵi Army

The flag used by the Malawi Army comprises two thin vertical stripes of green and black at the hoist with a larger red panel in the fly (same basic design as the former flag of Lesotho). In the centre of the red panel is the insignia of the Malawi Army in yellow (lion above yellow rising sun as found on the Coat of Arms with the inscription "MALAWI ARMY" in black below). The regimental flags follow the same design with the regimental insignia being placed in the red stripe.
Bruce Berry, 18 Nov 1998

Crampton's Complete Guide of Flags (1989) [cra89a] has a description of a military flag of Malawi:
"Red with a yellow climbing lion above the sun and wavy bars like in the crest". 
Jarig Bakker, 5 Jun 2002

The Malawi Army has a flag. It's a vertical tribar. The hoist panel is black, the middle panel is red and the fly panel is green. In the middle of the red panel is the Malawi Army's crest or shield.  It is yellow gold. I don't remember details about it at this point. I have seen this flag flying on occasion with gold Roman numerals defacing the upper black hoist panel. I have no picture as every time I saw the flag, I was in a place where cameras were forbidden.
Clay Moss, 12 Mar 2003


Infantry/rifle regiment or unit

[infantry/rifle regiment or unit flag] image by Martin Grieve, 10 Apr 2003

I am sending some images of regiment or unit flags from the Malawi Army which are based on photographs I took when visiting a flag manufacturer in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1994.
From the badges on the flags I have assume the flags are:
Malawi Army - infantry/rifle regiment or unit which has a flag comprising two thin vertical stripes of green and black at the hoist with a red fly in the centre of which is the Malawi Army lion emblem in yellow with, in this case, two crossed rifles beneath.
Bruce Berry, 10 Apr 2003


Parachute regiment or unit

[parachute regiment or unit flag] image by Martin Grieve, 10 Apr 2003

Malawi Army - parachute regiment or unit has a flag comprising of two thin vertical stripes of green and black at the hoist with a red fly in the centre of which is the Malawi Army lion emblem in yellow with, in this case, an open parachute.
Bruce Berry, 10 Apr 2003


Rifle unit or regiment

image by Martin Grieve, 21 Apr 2003

Malawi Army - rifle unit or regiment whose flag has three equal vertical stripes of green, red and black, with the Malawi Army lion emblem in yellow in the centre of the red stripe.  This flag has a scroll bearing the the words "Malawi Rifles" and not "Malawi Army" as in the previous images.  In the canton are Roman Numerals which presumably refer to the number of the unit or regiment.  This is similar to the flag described by Clay Moss above.
Bruce Berry, 10 Apr 2003

This may be 2nd Battalion, the Malawi Rifles. The badge on the flag is the regimental cap badge; the Roman numerals are probably the battalion number.
Ian Sumner, 11 Apr 2003