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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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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
It's a damned shame Germany got most of the blame for WWi when at the end of the day it was simply honouring it's obligations to AH, hell it was the Serbians that sorta indirectly started the war with terrorist action when they killed the archduke and then Russia's fault for getting involved in stuff that had nothing to do with them.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Artist
I disagree with that. Germany seized the murder of Franz Ferdinand and the ensuing crisis as the opportunity to start a European war, in the idea that Germany had to break out of its European territorial and diplomatic confines (The Triple Entente of Britain, France and Russia) to become a world power and had to do this soon, before Russia industrialised its economy and modernised its military (because Russia was the only state in Europe which could overwhelm Germany in terms of economic and demographic potential). Austria-Hungary specifically asked the Germans if they agreed to an Austro-Hungarian war of revenge against Serbia as punishment for the murder of Franz Ferdinand (which in itself was only an imperialist ambition, because the Serbian state had nothing to do with the murder), and Germany wholeheartedly agreed. Germany could've stopped Austria-Hungary at any time, but they did the contrary, because they thought this was a perfect opportunity to start and win a European war. Also, Germany's entire military planning in 1914 was centred on the Von Schlieffen Plan: when Russia mobilised, the Germans (according to the plan) had six weeks to mobilise and defeat Russia's ally France (which had nothing to do with the murder of Franz Ferdinand either) - thus preventing a two-front war - before turning east to defeat Russia. Thus, Germany first gave Austria-Hungary explicit permission to declare war on Serbia, knowing very well that Russia would mobilise and declare war on Austria-Hungary in response. Germany then mobilised too, declared war on Russia, France AND neutral Belgium, knowing that Britain would protect Belgium and thus bringing Britain into the war. Considering all this, I think Germany is definitely the #1 responsible nation for the outbreak of the First World War.
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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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