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Korean People's Army (North Korea)

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Obverse
     [Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image by Miles Li, 11 December 2011

Obverse
     [Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image by Miles Li, 11 December 2011


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Description

The flag of the KPA appears to be a variant on the North Korean national flag. The blue of the national flag is black, and the red star is surrounded by a gold circle and with golden leaves beneath it. In the canton of the red part of the flag are the numbers "4.25" in gold, probably for 25 April, the anniversary of the founding of the KPA. There is Hangul writing in gold in both the upper and lower black portions of the flag.
Randy Young, 09 Feb 2005

The obverse shows (instead of the party emblem) a red star on a white disc, surrounded by a golden wreath of rice, and has a half-wreath at the bottom. At the canton (within the red part of the army colour) there is the date "4.25" in yellow; Hangul letters at the top and at the bottom of both sides (in yellow except for those at the top of the naval colour, which are blue). The writings seem to vary among different flags. All the colours have yellow fringes, cords and tassels, and are borne on red flagpoles with brass spearhead finials.
Miles Li, 11 and 15 Feb 2005

This image of a North Korean propaganda poster shows three well known flags: party, national, and army (obverse) — however two of them in seemingly variant depictions:
The party flag seems to be colored in a shade of red slightly darken than the national flag. (Maybe nothing but the artist’s attempt to avoid it disappearing against the background?) The Army flag (obverse) shows yellow writings on the blue stripes (very relevant variant) and golden fringe (probably irrelevant).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 02 August 2010

The mottoes read: "The Unification and Independence of the Motherland" (top) and "For the Freedom and Liberation of the People" (bottom).
Miles Li, 11 December 2011

The unit names are written in Hangul on the reverse side. All the colours have yellow fringes, cords and tassels, and are borne on red flagpoles with brass spearhead finials.
Miles Li, 07 November 2012


Previously Reported Variant

Obverse
     [Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image by Jaume Ollé, 19 Sep 2009

Reverse
     [Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image by Jaume Ollé, 20 Sep 2009

National flag with yellow fringe and Army emblem towards hoist instead of the red star. Hangul inscription in yellow on blue stripes:

Revolutionary leaders headed by great comrade Kim Jong Il
Let's defend them to the death!
The date "4.25" in yellow in the upper hoist; Apr 25th is the memorial day of the foundation of a forerunner of the Korean People's Army, the People's Revolutionary Army (founded on Apr 25th 1932).
Reverse: national flag with yellow fringe and Workers Party of Korea emblem towards hoist instead of the red star. Same Hangul inscription as above 2 and without "4.25"
Source: video footage of 2003 North Korean military parade in Pyonygang
Nozomi Kariyasu, 19 Sep 2009