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by Zeljko Heimer, 14 May 2000
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
Zeljko Heimer, 14 May 2000