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Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945): Naval rank flags

Last modified: 2011-08-20 by ivan sache
Keywords: independent state of croatia | commander of the armed forces | admiral | vice admiral | rear admiral | trefoil (blue) | cross: zvonimir | cross (blue) |
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Source for the flags shown on this page

Dr. O. Neubecker's papers include a whole list of flags of the Independent State of Croatia dated 1944, probably prepared for the next update of the Kriegsmarine's Flaggenbuch [neu92]. These flags certainly originate from Croatia, but their source and status are not confirmed. One assumption is that these are proposals that were never actually adopted. They were not confirmed by any other independent source.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 30 December 1999


Commander of the Armed Forces (unconfirmed)

[Commander of the Armed Forces]

Flag of the Commander of the Armed Forces, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of the Commander of the Armed Forces as a white square flag with a blue cross; the width of the cross is 1/8 of the flag's hoist, and in canton the State coat of arms, of height 4/11 of the hoist.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 30 December 1999


Admiral (unconfirmed)

[Admiral]

Flag of an Admiral, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of an Admiral as a white square flag with a blue cross; the width of the cross is 1/8 of the flag's hoist

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Vice Admiral (unconfirmed)

[Vice Admiral]

Flag of a Vice Admiral, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of a Vice Admiral equal to the Admiral's flag, defaced with a blue trefoil in the first quarter. The trefoil (trolist), also called the Cross of Zvonimir, for the Croatian King Zvonimir-Demetrius, ruled 1075-1089, is a marking of the Armed Forces of the Independent State of Croatia; it was also used during the Austro-Hungarian rule in Domobranstvo). The admirals' flags follow the model, in use by most of Navies at the time, where more markings denote lesser rank.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Rear Admiral (unconfirmed)

[Rear Admiral]

Flag of a Rear Admiral, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of a Rear Admiral equal to the Admiral's flag, defaced with a blue trefoil in the first and third quarters.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Commander of a Formation of Naval ships (unconfirmed)

[Commander]

Pennnant of the Commander of a Formation of Naval ships, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the pennnant of the Commander of a Formation of Naval ships as a triangular blue flag with a white field at hoist with a blue cross. The length of the white field is 1/3 of the flag's length, that is, 1/2 of the flag's width, while the width of the cross is 1/9 of the flag's width near hoist.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Commander leader a Group of Naval ships (unconfirmed)

[Commander]

Pennnant of the Commander of a Formation of Naval ships, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the pennnant of a Commander leader of a Group of Naval ships as a triangular white flag with a blue border all around. The width of the border is 1/8 of the flag's width near hoist.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Senior Officer (unconfirmed)

[Senior Officer]

Pennnant of the Senior Officer, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the pennnant of the Senior Officer, in harbor or mooring, as a triangular blue flag.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Commodore (unconfirmed)

[Commodore]

Flag of a Commodore, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of a Commodore as a split square white pennant with a blue border all around. The width of the border is 1/10 of the flag's hoist, with the split entering the field 4/10 of the flag's hoist.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Commander of the Fleet (unconfirmed)

[Commander of the Fleet]

Flag of the Commander of the Fleet, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the flag of the Commander of the Fleet as a split square blue pennant. The split enters the field 4/10 of the flag's hoist.

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Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001


Commission pennant (unconfirmed)

[Commission pennant]

Commission Pennant, 1944, unconfirmed design - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 October 1999

The source shows the commission pennant as a long white triangular pennant, in proportions 1:100, with the part near the hoist in the Croatian national colors. The length of the tricolor part is 1/10 of total pennant's length. There is a tassel at the fly point of the pennant.
The commission pennant is hoisted from the top point of all naval ships, except for those that are commanded by a flag officer, entitled to some other command flag, in which case the appropriate flag replaces it.

Željko Heimer & Emil Dreyer, 31 August 2001