"Fahnenbander" is the name given to
the narrow stitched banners or bows
which were fixed as decorations or
awards to the point or to a cross
bar of the "Truppenfahnen" (military
flags, standards, colours or guidons)
They were either an integral part of
the "Truppenfahnen" from the time of
issue or presentation (Banderole) or
were subsequently presented in
recognition of a particular event or
achievement by the Sovereign of the
State or Land (Landesfursten) or
with his or her consent by another
Sovereign or Royal Personage, Head
of State, Colonel in Chief or
Honorary Colonel etc.
The "Fahnenbander" measures 104 cm x
6 cm,are of vertical construction
and are made of silk in the German
Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht
The Reichswehr (the German Forces
after World War 1) did not carry "Truppenfahnen".
In 1936 the Wehrmacht received "Truppenfahnen"
but did not embellish them with "Fahnenbander".
In 1965 the Bundesprasident of the
Federal Republik of Germany
presented battalions and certain
formations of the Bundeswehr with "Truppenfahnen"
in the German national colours of
black, red and gold and emblazoned
with the "Bundesadler"(German Eagle)
as an "outward sign of the mutual
performance of duty in the service
of the people and the state".
The "Truppenfahnen" are the same
design for all units and formations
in the Bundeswehr.
Presentation of "Fahnenbander"
The Bundesprasident of the Federal
Republik of Germany
agreed, to the proposal of the
Federal Minister of Defence to
present allied units of battalion or
equivalent size upwards who leave
the Federal Republik of Germany
after five years or more service
with a "Fahnenband" in recognition
of their services.
The front of the "Fahnenbander"is
inscribed from bottom to top with
the following text:
Einsatz Fur Frieden und Freiheit.
Whilst the reverse has:
Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1994