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Vierlingsbeek (The Netherlands)

Boxmeer municipality, Noord-Brabant province

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[Vierlingbeek unofficial flag] Shipmate Flagchart :
Adopted 26 Feb 1976

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Vierlingsbeek former municipality

Vierlingsbeek was merged into Boxmeer in 1998, and consisted of the settlements Vierlingsbeek (seat), Den Bosch, Groeninge, Holthees, Maashees, Overloon, and Vortum-Mullem.
Flag: nine stripes of yellow and blue, proportioned 32:4:7:4:7:4:7:4:32, of which the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th are at least 7x wavy, with in top and bottom each three blue disks side by side, with a diameter of 1/5 flagheight.
Adopted 26 Feb 1976 by municipal resolution.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 109, 69; 133, 69.

The disks are from the arms of the former municipality of Maashees en Overloon, which was absorbed by Vierlingsbeek in 1942.
Hans van Heijningen, 14 May 2005

Vierlingsbeek villageflag

Vierlingbeek official Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 1998

This is the villageflag of Vierlingsbeek, after it merged into Boxmeer in 1998.
The arms was granted 16 Jul 1817.
Description: per fess: I. or St. Lawrence azure; II. or 2 fesses with 8 merlettes placed 3,2,3, all noir.
St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the Vierlingsbeek village church. The municipality, now village of Vierlingsbeen was in the Land of Cijck, the lords of which used the same arms.

Maashees en Overloon Coat of Arms

[Maashees en Overloon Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 21 May 2005, after image in the Koffie Hag album.

Granted 16 Jul 1817

Arms: azure seven pennies or, of which one is placed in shieldcenter, the others in a ring around it.
The pennies were called "garstebroden" (barley-loaves) in 1817.

Maashees and Overloon were two villages in the region known as "Vredepeel" (Peace-Peel), where neighbouring villages have been fighting each other for over 700 years since peat-digging started in the 14th century. Jan I of Cijck granted the digging rights to Maasland and Overloon in 1308 and was convinced he ended the eternal fighting - was he wrong! In 1716 a treaty was signed by the Dutch Republic and Prussia in which the borders of the Vredepeel was fixed, but the villagers didn't like that either: until the start of the 20th century the bickering continued.
In 1944 the "Battle of Overloon" was fought here between armored USA-divisions and Germans, and on 12 and 13 Oct 1944 British fought a house-to-house battle against Germand, which demolished Overloon completely. The "British Cemetery" reminds of that, with c. 300 buried soldiers.