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Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia (1993-1995)

Hrvatska Republika Herceg-Bosna, HRHB

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by Zeljko Heimer, 14 May 2000

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The Flag of Herzeg-Bosnia

The Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosna (Hrvatska Republika Herceg-Bosna, HRHB) was formed in parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina held by the Croatian Defense Council (Hrvatsko Vijece Obrane, Bosnian Croats Army), as a temporary government in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The HRHB by the Washington treaties became a part of the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina by joining with Bosnian Muslim held territories. By these treaties HRHB is not going to function as a separate entity. However, in the last 3 years it has and it still does, using the flag shown here: red, white and blue horizontal tricolor, with the coat of arms of HRHB.
The coat of arms is a red-silver checquy 5x5 field in a german-typed shield, bordered in gold. At the top there is a gold wattle on silver.
The similarity with the Croatian flag is obvious. The wattle is so called three-wattle (in Croatian: troplet), a very frequent motive in Croatian handcraft and art, especially in middle ages, an unmistakable symbol of Croatians.
The flag is used all over the Bosnian regions where there is a croat majority, and as far as now it is not likely that it will be substituted by any joint Bosnian and Croat flag. However, it is probable that even then it will stay as a flag of the croatian nationality in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Zeljko Heimer, 19 September 1995

According to the chart : "Flags of Aspirant Peoples" the flag of "Hrvatska Hercegovina-Bosna" (Croatian state of "Herceg-Bosna")." is Identical to the flag of Crotian Bannate (1939-1941), but not the flag of Herceg-Bosna above .This design is listed under number 39 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94].
Ivan Sache, 16 September 1999

At some point I might have reported that the flag of Herzeg-Bosnia is "simplified" Croatian tricolor, as I have pictured it on my pages for some time, too. That is now found incorrect, even if that flag is certainly popular among Croats and probably in frequent use "by civilians". That is the same flag seen, as mentioned by Ivan Sache One should add on that [asp] is clearly wrong here. This flag is used today by Herzeg-Bosnia Canton.
Zeljko Heimer, 14 May 2000