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Force Terrestre - Landmacht

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[Army flag]

Army flag - Image by Geraard Van der Vaart, 6 June 2001

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Army flag

The flag of the Belgian Army (Force Terrestre/Landmacht) is described and illustrated by P. Parent in Vexillacta [vxl] #11, March 2001 (Les Drapeaux des forces armées belges).
The flag is white with the Army shield topped by a Royal crown. The proportion of the flag is 2:3.
The Army shield is red with a black embattled wall. The shield is charged with a raised sword hold by two hands, the sinister one being bare and the dexter one covered with a gauntlet. The dexter hand is placed over the sinister one. The sword and the hands are all yellow.
The Royal crown is yellow with a red cap, decorated with white pearls and gems. The number, shape and colour of the pearls and gems vary from flag to flag.

P. Parent assumes that the flag of the Belgian Army is used only inside Staff offices, because barracks and other grounds belonging to the Armed Forces fly only the Belgian national flag.
The flag of the Army, as well as the Naval ensign and the Air Force flag, shall never be borne or be used during ceremonies. The flags of the Army and the Air Force flag shall not be saluted when hoisted, lowered, or passed by.

According to M. Lupant's book on Belgian flags [lup98], the flag of the Army was adopted on 1 September 1982.

Ivan Sache, 6 June 2001