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Flag of the Cyprus National Guard - Image by Jaume Ollé, 5 August 1999
An original image of the flag of the Cyprus National Guard was
provided from Cyprus to me by Michel Lupant. His source is a photo from the National Guard Office.
The other flags shown on the photo are:
M. Lupant has a letter from Mr. G. Theophanides, Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of Defense. The letter is dated 26 February 1993 and says:
I am directed to refer to your letter dated (...) to attach herewith the photographs of:
- The flag of the National Guard; size 1.30 m x 1 m. It has been in use since the establishment of the National Guard in 1964; Symbolism: the double-headed eagle symbolizes the Christian Orthodox religion and the universal Hellenic spirit. It was initially used during the Byzantine times as a symbol of authority and power...
- (same for others flags)
About the rank flags it is said that a car flag (0.25 x 0.20 m) has been in use since 1964; the red background is the color of the land forces to which the present chief of the National Guard belongs. The number of white stars indicates his rank.
Jaume Ollé, 5 August 1999
I am not sure about a flag for the Cypriot National Guard, but the other flags described are:
I suppose they are the same for the Cypriot National Guard which is modelled on the Greek army.
Yannis Natsinas, 29 July 1999