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Lithuania - Historical Flags (1920')

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According to information below, the flags of Lithuania in 1920's were quite different from what is found in "Flaggenbuch". There are four flags to consider:
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

"State" ensign was adopted in 1919 but regulated only in 1927 (regulations are dated 1927). Between 1919-1936 it was used as naval ensign (2:3) and Jack (1:2). Jack was changed on 25 March 1936 and was supresed in 1939. The 1936-1939 Jack is very close to the image below: red green bordered flag with two arms gold cross I dont know if the naval ensign was used furthermore as state ensign in the era 1919-1927. No state ensign after 1927 (but there is a Ministry of Transportation....)
Jaume Olle, 20 May 2002

National Flag

by Zeljko Heimer, 15 May 2002

National Flag (2:3) - Just as in "Flaggenbuch" , but it is not clear from FOTW when this flag was adopted (1918?).
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

State Ensign

by Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

In 1927, Lithuania had a state ensign which was yellow over green over red with a red shield bearing a double yellow cross, this on the two upper stripes in the center. Proportions 2:3.
.Pascal Vagnat, 1 April 1997

The ca. 1920-1940 ensign was the Lithuanian tricolor defaced with a red shield bearing a white two-barred cross. The shield was horizontally centered but vertically offset toward the top of the ensign.
Tom Gregg, 8 January 1998

State Ensign (2:3) - From what's written, it seems that the state ensign was adopted earlier then 1927 (Possibly 1927 is the source Pascal had). Also, from what's written it seems to me that this was indeed only ensign, not used as state flag on land. If we believe to "Flaggenbuch" this flag was before 1939 abandeoned and replaced with red flag with different obverse and reverse design. If there were not many vessels carrying this ensign (as is to be expected) the change might not be so unimaginable.
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

Naval Ensign

[Naval Ensign of Lithuania - 1927]
by Zeljko Heimer, 18 June 1996

On 25 March 1927 a naval ensign was adopted. It was the same as the former, but the proportions were 1:2.
Pascal Vagnat, 1 April 1997

What flag the boats hoisted? In Flaggenbuch there is no flag that would match the use, and from [iva71] this ensign was in use until 1940?
Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

There are some controversies surrounding the correct design of the pre-1940 Lithuanian naval ensign. I have found a page about the history of the Lithuanian navy; it's in Lithuanian, but there is a paragraph which I think says that the old Lithuanian naval ensign was created in June 15, 1927. It was the national flag, proportions 2:3, with a red shield carrying the white Vytis Cross (double-cross) at the centre of the two upper stripes. see <>.
Miles Li, 12 April 2004

Naval Jack

Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002

On 25 March 1927 a jack was adopted. It was red with a green border and a yellow double cross on the red field near the hoist. Proportions: more square than 2:3.
Pascal Vagnat, 1 April 1997