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German Empire ~ Grunge War Flag by Undevicesimus German Empire ~ Grunge War Flag by Undevicesimus
The German Empire (German: Deutsches Reich) emerged from the Prussian victory in the Franco-Prussian War (1870 − 1871) and the subsequent proclamation of a united German state (excluding the Austrians) under Prussian leadership. The empire rapidly rose to the status of a great power: by 1913, it boasted one of the most urbanised societies in the world, one of the strongest and most innovative industrial bases, one of the largest armies and navies and key accomplishments in the fields of industry, technology and science. The empire nevertheless collapsed in World War I and was turned into a republic by the victorious Allies. On top of defeat and the dissolution of their empire, the 1919 Treaty of Versailles blamed the war responsibility on the Germans and imposed severe territorial concessions and reparation payments.

The German Empire’s war flag (German: Reichskriegsfahne) consisted of a white field with a black-white cross offset to the hoist and with a white disc and the Prussian eagle in its centre. The canton displayed the empire’s national flag with a centred black Iron Cross, a Prussian decoration established in 1813.

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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the german eagle rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Midnight-Blue766 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Quite possibly one of the most badass looking flags in history.

Too bad the Neo-Nazis stole it.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013   Artist
I agree it looks very badass :)

If someone calls this a "nazi"-flag, it's not difficult to prove that person wrong; you can easily explain that every element of this flag is completely nazi-free.
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though, german Nazis use it as the Swastika is forbidden by law... As Nazis are always badly eduacated and dump, they have no idea about that and just see the iron cross and the eagle :-(
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013   Artist
Yea that's frustrating... I really hate how the German Empire's flags are often discredited like this. Imperial Germany was an admirable country (that is, until 1914), so to see its flags used as nazi-flags in movies and video-games and by brainless neo-nazis today is really sad.
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