FRENCH REPUBLIC
 

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CURRENT MILITARY RANK FLAGS
 

NOTES
 

Appointment and rank flags for French defense officials and generals of the Army (Armée de Terre) and Air Force (Armée de l'Air) are either square versions of the Tricolor or square white flags with a Tricolor canton. In the former case, a distinctive insignia is applied to the white stripe; in the latter case, insignia is applied in the lower fly of the flag. On the general officers' rank flags, the blue stars correspond in arrangement and number to the silver stars of rank worn on the sleeves or shoulder straps of the Army and Air Force uniforms.

Marshal of France is not technically a rank but an honorary title or "dignity," bestowed for exceptionally distinguished service in war. The last Marshal to be named (posthumously) was Marie-Pierre Koenig (1898-1970), who commanded the 1st Free French Division at the Battle of Bir Hakeim in North Africa (1942). Later (1944) he served as commander of the French Forces of the Interior, and from 1954 to 1955 he was Minister of Defense. The flag for a Marshal of France has crossed batons in the lower fly. General of Army and General of Army Corps are not ranks, but appointments of General of Division: e.g. a General of Army Corps is a General of Division appointed to a corps command. Rank titles of Air Force generals are similar to Army rank titles.

Flag Proportions: French military appointment and rank flags are made square. The same designs, slightly rectangular, are used as car flags.

Credit: My drawings are based on information and images posted to the FOTW Mailing List by Ivan Sache and Zeljko Heimer.
 


 

APPOINTMENT FLAGS FOR DEFENSE OFFICIALS

 

MINISTER OF DEFENSE
 Ministre de la défense

 

CHIEF OF DEFENSE STAFF
Chef d'état-major des armées

 

ARMY & AIR FORCE APPOINTMENT FLAGS

 

ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF
Chef d'état-major de l'armée de terre

 

AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF
Chef d'état-major de l'armée de l'air

 

ARMY & AIR FORCE RANK FLAGS

 

MARSHAL OF FRANCE  •  Maréchal de France

 

GENERAL OF ARMY & GENERAL OF AIR FORCE
Général d'armée  •  Général d'armée aérienne

 

GENERAL OF ARMY CORPS & GENERAL OF AIR CORPS
Général de corps d'armée  •  Général de corps aérien

 

GENERAL OF DIVISION & GENERAL OF AIR DIVISION
Général de division  •  Général de division aérienne
 

 

GENERAL OF BRIGADE & GENERAL OF AIR GROUP
Général de brigade  •  Général de brigade aérienne
 



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