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WWII U.S. Army Regimental American Flag 5'6" x 4'4"
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In World War II, U.S. Army regulations specified that two flags that were carried by a regiment in parade formation, the American flag and the regimental flag, and both of the flags were required by regulation to be in the unusual size of 4 feet, 4 inches, by 5 feet, 6 inches. This is an American flag as was issued to and carried by a U.S. Army regiment in World War II. It is constructed of banner rayon (artificial silk), which the government began using for the production of its military flags after the supply of Japanese silk was exhausted soon after Pearl Harbor. The gold fringe is the twisted loop style, which replaced hand knotted fringe after 1942. The 48 stars are individually machine embroidered upon the blue canton. The flag has a sleeve on the hoist edge rather than grommets, and the sleeve is lined with cotton flannel (to protect the flag material from developing holes as a result of chafing against the wooden staff). Each end of the sleeve has a leather tab with which the flag was attached to the wooden flag pole of the regimental flag bearer. One of the two tabs is slightly torn at the tip but the other is intact. The flag is complete with its original gold parade cord with tassels, which itself is 10 feet long. When doubled over for attachment to the flag staff the cords would have been 5 feet long. There is some mild age toning from storage to the areas of the white stripes, but this is not particularly noticeable at all. The flag has no tears or stains, and the colors are vibrant. It is an extremely impressive example of World War II U.S. Army regimental parade flag.