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Banner of St. George (Teutonic Order, Germany)

flag in the 'Banderia Prutenorum' manuscript

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[Banner of St. George (Teutonic Order)]
Image by António Martins, 8 February 2002

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[Editor's note: the following translation by Chrystian Kretowicz of the Banderia Prutenorum manuscript is based on a translation from Latin into Old Polish, available at the Choragwie Pruskie cz. 1 - Jan Dlugosz webpage.]

5. Banner of St. George on the Teutonic side, which was led by an enormously brave, never abandoning the battlefield, Georg Kerzdorff. He stood fearlessly on the battlefield, holding the banner until Polish knights captured him physically and tore the banner from his hands. Under that banner were excellent and courageous knights from various German tribes and lands, all extremely brave and battle-hardened. And almost all were killed, except the very few who managed to escape. Whichever place one of them took in battle, he held it to the last, facing his opponents and dying rather than surrendering.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 2 June 2001

The original image has the number "78" captioning the picture; it shows the flag hanging vertically (hoist in the top of the picture) and a wodden pole is visible at the viewer's left hand; no finial; sleeve continues the flag pattern.
António Martins, 28 February 2002

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