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Wittenberg County (Germany)

Landkreis Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt

Last modified: 2018-11-17 by klaus-michael schneider
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Wittenberg County


Wittenberg Flag

It is a red over black horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, last updated on 2 September 2017
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005


Wittenberg Vertical Flag

[Wittenberg vertical flag] image by Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

It is a red-black vertical bicolour with arms shifted to the top.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, last updated on 2 September 2017
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005


Wittenberg Coat of Arms

[Wittenberg CoA] image by Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005
adopted 28 Feb 1939, re-adopted 21 Nov 1994

Shield parted per fess of Sable and Argent, over all two swords Gules in saltire.
Meaning:
The arms had been also the arms of the Dukes of Saxony-Wittenberg as Archmarshalls of the Holy Roman Empire. We here have one of the rare cases that a coat of arms is directly derived from a flag, the so called "Reichsrennfahne" (literally: empire's running flag). The name is based on the act of Berennung. It was celebrated, when a nobleman received a fiefdom from the Emperor, who was sitting on a scaffold, which was circuited thrice by horse in full speed. This act was fulfilled first without and later with flag.
Sources: 2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Wittenberg County, last updated on 2 September 2017, here and here
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005

The arms were adopted on 28 February 1939 and confirmed on 21 November 1994 by the County Council. The flag was approved on 14 October 1996.
Source: letter with painting from the county office to Falko Schmidt
Jens Pattke, 15 Mar 2005


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