Original war world two period, 35 inches high & 75 wide. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939 the German armored vehicles utilized a white painted Balkan cross on all four sides of the vehicle as identification insignia to prevent attack from friendly aircraft.
The white Balkan crosses were highly visible however and also acted as a good aiming point for the Polish anti-tank gunners and armored vehicle losses were higher then expected. As a result regulations of October 17th 1939, ordered the replacement of the white Balkan crosses with a black Balkan cross with a white outline. Anticipating further identification difficulties in the impending invasion of the low countries and France the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), introduced the swastika field and vehicle identification flags on March 8th 1940. Regulations in 1941 discontinued use of the swastika flag to the Balkan cross flag.During the early to mid-war rapid advances, when Germany still had air superiority, these type of flags were widely used by forward troops. Later in the war as Germany lost air superiority the flags were used less and less frequently. The item "RARE ORIGINAL GERMAN WWII PANZER VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION FLAG BALKAN CROSS" is in sale since Wednesday, June 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Other German WWII Orig. The seller is "italianwarfront" and is located in Orange, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.