REPUBLIC OF INDIA
 


 

CURRENT FLAGS OF THE INDIAN ARMY
 

Notes
 

The flags of the Indian Army originally followed the British Army system but over they years a number of modifications have been introduced. The flag of the Army as a whole was originally scarlet charged with the Army badge, the Sarnath Lion Capital over crossed swords in golden yellow. When the current Army Flag (an Indian Red Ensign with the Army badge in the fly) was introduced, the former Army Flag became the rank flag for general officers. At first it was the same for all generals but later stars were added in the fly to denote exact rank. The rank flag of a field marshal displays the insignia of that rank over five stars. This is an honorary rank, conferred for distinguished service in wartime, and only two officers have ever held   it.

The flags for commands, corps, divisions and brigades of the Army are of two types: the camp flag and the command flag. The former is the formation sign (shoulder insignia) of the organization in flag form for commands and corps and the formation sign on a scarlet field for divisions. The command flag for a command or corps is identical to the camp flag with three stars added in the fly, these organizations being commanded by lieutenant-generals. The division command flag is a forked version of the camp flag with two stars in the fly, divisions being commanded by major-generals. Brigade commanders have scarlet triangular pennants with the formation sign of the parent division (for brigades organic to divisions) or the brigade formation sign (for independent brigades) and one star for the brigadier commanding.

Variant Designs: The illustrations here presented are based on photographic evidence and descriptions and it should be noted that variant designs appear to exist. For example, one photo shows an Indian Army general officer seated before a display of command, corps and division flags, all displaying the shield-shaped formation signs on a scarlet field.

Flag Proportions: Flags of the Indian Army are made in 2:3 proportions.
 



 

ARMY FLAG

 

RANK FLAGS

 

FIELD MARSHAL

 

GENERAL

 

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL

 

MAJOR-GENERAL

 

BRIGADIER

 

CAMP & COMMAND FLAGS

 

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF

 

NORTHERN COMMAND

 

CAMP FLAG

 

COMMANDING GENERAL

 

I CORPS

 

CAMP FLAG

 

COMMANDING GENERAL

 

1st ARMORED DIVISION

 

CAMP FLAG

 

DIVISION COMMANDER

 

BRIGADE COMMANDER

 

9th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

CAMP FLAG

 

DIVISION COMMANDER
 

 

BRIGADE COMMANDER
 



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