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Topic: Flag on Right Arm
Posted By: DairyFarmer
Subject: Flag on Right Arm
Date Posted: June 01 2015 at 9:09pm
Could someone explain to me why the flag on the American soldier's right shoulder is "back-to-front". i.e. the stars on the right of the flag?

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Posted By: SW28fan
Date Posted: June 01 2015 at 10:06pm
I believe it is to simulate that he is carrying it and it is flying.   It is the same on aircraft.  

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: June 02 2015 at 3:57am
...don't have that problem with the Union Jack or the Cdn leaf..

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Posted By: DairyFarmer
Date Posted: June 02 2015 at 4:37am
Thanks. Just looks odd.

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 02 2015 at 9:00am
I read somewhere that the stars lead the flag in movement so it is "flopped" to allow the stars to preceded the bars.


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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: June 03 2015 at 4:08pm
dittos what he said 


Posted By: Lowspeed
Date Posted: August 08 2015 at 12:16am


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Posted By: DairyFarmer
Date Posted: August 08 2015 at 8:09am
Don't know what happened to Lowspeed's post.
It is just strange. I was instructed that the flag is "read" left to right. The hoist is on left side of the flag and right of the flag pole, while the fly is farthest from the pole. The USA flag has the Stars in the top left Canton, right of the hoist and the Stripes run right to the fly.
 
In most militia the unit insignia is worn on the left sleeve and the country flag on the right sleeve. Some countries don't have a problem with which way the flag is (i.e. UK, Switzerland, Holland) while others do (i.e. Ireland, Italy, France)
 
Then I cam across an explanation:
 
Quote The blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of honor. When viewing the flag on a wall, the highest position of honor is the upper left when displayed horizontally, and at the top (upper left) when displayed vertically. When displayed on a "moving object" like a person or vehicle, the highest position of honor is the front, and not the rear; so the field of blue should be displayed to the front.
 
And just to confuse some people have a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_whose_reverse_differs_from_the_obverse" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_whose_reverse_differs_from_the_obverse  


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 08 2015 at 5:01pm
Its true, symmetrical flags it doesn't matter but many have a definite left & right.


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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: August 08 2015 at 6:26pm
And be careful how you fly the flag of Great Britain.

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: August 08 2015 at 6:43pm
Been a few instances - like hockey games - where the U.S. colour party parades the Canadian flag upside down!

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 09 2015 at 7:54am
Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

And be careful how you fly the flag of Great Britain.

True!
Dead
Many don't realize the diagonal crosses (white for St Andrew of Scotland & red for St Patrick of Ireland) are offset.






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Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: January 20 2017 at 2:27am
And you are flying it upside down!!Thumbs Down


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 9:54am
I read that the RN would intentionally fly it upside down if the vessel was in distress. Germans couldn't tell the difference but United Kingdom sailors could.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 12:32pm
An international sign of distress is to fly the flag inverted

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Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 1:52pm
Must be a problem for the Swiss.

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Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 2:29pm
And Japan!


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 3:51pm
never really gave this a lot of thought , now you got me thinkin on it i may have to pay more attention , i knew the UK flag was offset but never thoght about the distress symbol with a japanese flag ....you guys get me thinking on some of the most interesting topics , 


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 3:55pm
Maybe that why so many Japanese ship's sunk during WW2! Buddies couldn't tell they were in trouble!


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: January 15 2018 at 3:56pm
that and the US navy me thinks , 


Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 2:21am
Originally posted by Honkytonk Honkytonk wrote:

And Japan!
And France and Holland.


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 6:05am
Originally posted by Stanforth Stanforth wrote:

And you are flying it upside down!!Thumbs Down

Bearing in mind the state of the nation can you think of a better time to do so?
Confused


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Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 6:15am
Then we better fly the Maple Leaf upside down until we get rid of the insanity of the Liberal's and Trudeau!


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 9:03am
I second that, Honkytonk!

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 9:16am
The real flag of Liberal's and Trudeau is a white sheet.

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 10:04am
The "real" flag of the Liberals in Canada, is that rag we have now!
What SHOULD have been is the Red Ensign (which I fly instead of that Liberal rag.)

The Liberals had to have THEIR flag back in '65. So - the flag that Canadians bravely / proudly fought under was tossed. (The surviving veterans are STILL bitter bout that!)

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Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 12:21pm
I picked up a Union Jack (forget the manufactures name, but I did research it. Big Commonwealth flag maker in the day.) In 1978 at an army surplus store in Manitoba. They also had a HUGE Bren gun (apparently a teaching tool) and a ratty stuffed Cobra and mongoose fighting. They would only sell me the flag. It has proudly flown in my man cave (s) since then. Not the Red Ensign, but a reminder of our long history with England. Hoadie, I will break out the Kodak and take a picture! God save the King (and Queen!)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: January 16 2018 at 8:11pm
i have one as well , its my roots too , and although a long time ago with much hostility over the years i never hesitate to admit where i some from , there or here - immigrated to canada then moved south out of canada vis ohio and the river to arkansas , we came north again after the turn of the 20th century , i brought myself back this close to the canadian boarder , 


Posted By: Pedro
Date Posted: January 17 2018 at 8:56am
Well I just live in Blighty. Despite the weather (we always get the tail end of all the Eastern seaboard storms, mainly as wind and rain), despite Great Britain (arguably) not being "great" since WW2, despite being the most annoyingly politically correct place in the world, despite public services always being on the verge of collapse, despite us leaving Europe and that Scottish First Minister wanting to break up the UK, to me, despite getting a firearms licence being like the Spanish Inquisition, it's the best place in the world. No accounting for taste!


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: January 17 2018 at 9:08am
Does the Government make you do your wait time while tied to the rack?

To much Government.

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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.



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