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The Kriegsmarine (War navy) was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, during the Nazi regime, superseding the Reichsmarine, and the Kaiserliche Marine of World War I. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht.

This is German WWII Navy battle flag. Nicely marked with black ink stamps on the white clothing that reinforces the flag. Complete with the rope used to secure it to a mast to fly it. Of heavy duty cotton construction. The design consisted of a red background with a multi-line (black and white) cross placed on the entire lefgth of the flaf. The center has a circle with a swastika. One corner displays the Maltese Cross in black.

The item featured here is in near mint condition. The design consisted of black and white stripes forming a cross pattern meeting in the center of the flag, forming a circle with a swastika in the center. The Iron Cross is stamped in one of the corners.

The edges of the flag have multiple red thread stiching lines. This was done as a means to strentghten the side, so it would not fray as easily when the flag was flown. The Navy flags were marked along the edge. Just as it is shown in the pictures below. The markings are black ink stamped and read LERENZ SUMMA SOHNE, OBERKOTZSU, which is the name of the manufacturer and the town where the flag was produced.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German flags. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German flag worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the flags is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German flags in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Anatomy of a German Flag
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. Construction materials
  6. Clothing tags and stamps
  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing a WWII German flag

The size of the flag was often stamped with black ink on the side as well. It reads Kr.FL.80x135.

This flag is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this flag. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the flag.

If you have an interest is seeing other flags of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Flags identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.


The value for WWII German flags and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $380.00 $390.00 $410.00 $430.00 $450.00 $460.00 $470.00 $480.00 $500.00 $520.00 $530.00 $540.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B+ B+ B+ B+ B+ A A A A A A A

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Feb 28th, 2017
Germans produced a wide variety of flags during WWII. The flag featured here is not very hard to find. In general the appreciation has been moderate. Recently the value has began to come up some. It is expected that this trend will continue.

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