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image by eljko Heimer
There are local elections in Croatia this Sunday, and this was
a chance to see on TV several local flags. One that deserves to
be considered it the flag of Vukovar - the city in east of
Croatia that bacame the symbol of Croatian stouggle against
The flag is a horizontal triband of blue-white-blue, where the shade of blue is very light, similar to what is usually represented on Argentinian flags (celestial blue). In the middle, as it is usual for Croatian local flags, there is the coat of arms of Vukovar - red with white castle under the image of Mary (?). Over all it is an escutcheon of irregular shape blue with golden lion (?) holding and axe.
Of course, the flag is not used in Vukovar itself at the moment, the city being under protection of the UN, but the results of these elections should change this as one of the main prerogatives of the reintegration of Eastern Slavonia and Baranya in Croatia. The flag that could be seen in Vukovar these days is the UN flag, and as it was reported in TV news, the Serb tricolours are hoisted on several buildings of the local Serb government.
eljko Heimer, 13 April 1997
I saw yesterday the TV-news on Arte (french-german network)
with a short program about the Croatian elections and the
situation of Eastern Slavonia. In a Croatian house were flying
the Croatian national flag and a Vukovarian flag slightly
different from the one posted by eljko. The city shield was
on a plain sky blue field, omitting the white band of
Ivan Sache, 16 April 1997
I haven't seen that one, but I'll make a note on my pages that
this one is also used. I guess that this is either an unofficial
flag or some older variant. I am inclined to believe that the
striped version is official since I saw in on the election posts.
Of course, more details would be known only when the normal government would be established there.
By the way, I have seen today another photo from the elections in the area around Vukovar, with a great Serb flag hoisted on the wall behind the electors, having the light blue shield with the white eagle etc.
eljko Heimer, 17 April 1997
The coat of arms of Vukovar is modernized version of the
previous arms, picturing a maiden standing at the city gates
holding a blue shield with golden wolf. The wolf is canting the
city name (Croatian vuk = wolf). The flag is triband of
blue-white-blue. In mid1990's the flag without the white stripe
was also occasionally used.
I managed to get a copy of an article on the flags in the
Vukovar-Srijem County [sal95].
Regarding the city of Vukovar, here is the document adopting the
symbols on 29.11.1993: "Odluka o grbu i zastavi grada
Vukovara, te nacinu i uvjetima njihove uporabe i
zatite", 29. studenog 1993, Slubeni vjesnik
[Vukovarsko-srijemske upanije], 31. oujka 1994.
However, the decision describes the coat of arms to have green base. The images attached to the text of the article show the shield as brownish and the escutcheon as red, however author notes that these illustrations are not the best. However, the "greenless" coat of arms seems to be in actual use. Possibly after 1993 an other decsion was made at some point (or even more then one). Anyway, the article gives the flag as vertical version.
eljko Heimer, 16 January 2005
image by eljko Heimer, 16 January 2005
image by eljko Heimer
There are beautiful photos of excellent flags at the Vukovar city
museum. Among others there is the historical flag of the Vukovar
County. The date on the flag is inscribed 1797. The county
was established in 1747 and was briefly abolished (as all other
couties) in 1785 to be re-established in 1790. The flag might
have been made then to celebrate 50 years of the county or (as
was the case in the Poega County in 1797) as the flag of
the volunteer unit in the insurrection against Napoleon. I
contacted the museum to try to find out more about it. Other
flags shown on the page (click on each to get a large nice
photo!) are the flags of firebrigade of 1875, of the general
manufacturers' guild of 1890 and a flag of a cultural society
probably from the same period - a beautiful and intricate
Croatian national flag, unfortunately now in very bad shape, but
its original beauty is still visible.
eljko Heimer, 14 January 2006