Last modified: 2003-02-01 by marc pasquin
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contributed by Alan Jenney
In the film "Pink Floyd; The Wall", there is a quasi-Nazi flag displayed that has been adopted by several Neo-Nazi groups in the USA. I recall the flag having a pair of claw hammers with handles over allping to form an X, and the head of the hammers facing the left, superimposed against a ring with gear teeth on the outside. The background had two bars, white (top) and red (bottom).
Use of this flag has inspired a movement known as "hammerskins".
Ironically, the film was meant as an attack ON fascism! Go figure!
Steven F. Scharff, 10 february 2001
The only graphic I
have seen of this flag is from some original artwork. The hammers are
shown as almost photographic, the flag is shown as a 1:1 scale,
pretty much as described in the posting but half grey and half red.
This grey colour may just be to give it a slightly older or
The (light-duty) claw hammers have red painted handles with a black rubber grip covering the lower half. There is a black band on the top of the handle where it joins the hammer head.
In the promotional video to the single "Another Brick in the Wall", in the film "The Wall" and at concerts, these crossed hammers are shown in animation like the marching legs of soldiers in a parade. "The Wall", these hammers and anti-facist sentiment played a large part in Pink Floyd's works.
I have seen the toothed wheel mentioned as part of this image at some other time, presumably to give it a "hammer and sickle" look, but not in connection with The Floyd.
Alan Jenney, 1 July 2002