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Jena Students League 1816 (Germany)

Jenaer Burschenschaft

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[Jena Students League 1816 (Germany)] 1:1
by Andy Weir

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During the 1813 war against Napoleon there was a free corps called Lützowsche Jäger (Lützow's Rifles), soldiers —especially students— which became pioneers of the national movement. They wore —by chance— black tunics with red facings. From these colours the first flag of the student movement [Jenaer Burschenschaft] after the war was inspired: Gules, a fess Sable, an oak branch Or [i.e. red with a black stripe and a yellow oak branch]. (...) However black-red-gold would not only stay as colours of a student movement, they were to become the German national colours. (...) Source: Hattenhauer 1984.

Carsten Linke, 24 May 1996

The caption in Smith 1977, p. 118, calls it a studenterkorpsfane, roughly 'student corps colour', from the beginning of the 19th century.

Ole Andersen, 27 January 2001