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Help to ID Large WW2 Japanese Navy Flag from Battle of Kwajalein

Article about: I finally received a comment from the Japanese Vexillogical Association post: Kazutaka Nishiura: IJN flags were adopted by the Imperial ordinance of naval flags (海軍Ą

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    Default Help to ID Large WW2 Japanese Navy Flag from Battle of Kwajalein

    Hello Everyone,

    I bought this flag from a friend of mine who's father got it when he was in the Army stationed in the Marshall Islands during the Battle of Kwajalein. It measures about 6'x7'(182cmx213cm). Machine sewn cotton. I have been trying to buy this flag from him for several years since he first showed it to me in 2007 and finally got it today. I have his letters written home from 1941-1945. Several letters are from Kwajalein during the entire year of 1944. There are many photos enclosed with the letters and I have a few photos of him standing with this same flag wearing a Japanese uniform. Some of the photos are very interesting, some show a group of all Black Airmen frolicing some native girls. I have tried to research this flag but could not find any like it. I am an antiques dealer and don't buy military items that much, any help would be appreciated.

    I would like to find out what it was for exactly, maybe a Navy Base or Ship?
    Also, the value if possible. Thank you. Kozjan
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    Last edited by Kozjan; 08-29-2013 at 12:10 AM.

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    "Navy"

    海軍

    Written in the old fashion from right to left: 軍海

    --Guy

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    If we can't find out what this flag is, I'll send an email to the Japanese Vexillological Association -- I found whom to contact.

    --Guy

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    Thanks Guy. I added one of the photos I mentioned. Kozjan

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    Hi Kozjan,

    It's a pretty fair size, isn't it? I couldn't stand the suspense so posted my question on the JVA's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/j.vexillology [see "Recent Posts by Others" and look for my name, Guy Power.]

    And please, don't anybody laugh at my Japanese grammar!!!!

    --Guy

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    This is a puzzler. I did about a half hour of searching. The closest thing I could find are Naval code flags. Perhaps it was a flag that was not in maritime use - rather something to identify a building or depot on land as has been suggested. NH

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    Quote by Neil Hever View Post
    This is a puzzler. I did about a half hour of searching. The closest thing I could find are Naval code flags. Perhaps it was a flag that was not in maritime use - rather something to identify a building or depot on land as has been suggested. NH
    Servus Neil .... [unser Spieß und "Mutti der Kompanie"]!

    I did the same thing -- then went through all the flags on Flags of the World [Japan section]. Couldn't find anything similar.

    --Guy

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    Yes it is a puzzler. I spent many hours over the past few years trying to find
    one like it. I kept a photo of it when my buddy first showed it to me in 07'. I
    saw the Naval code flags too that you mentioned.

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    Great flag ! - Sorry, I cannot help with a valuation. The photo appears
    to be cut from a contact sheet, but is clear enough to show that
    this is the same flag.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Response from the Japanese Vexillological Association:

    見たことが無い旗です。調査してみます。


    "It is a flag I've never seen before; am researching/investigating it."

    --Guy

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