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Army Flags Regulations, 1953-1985

Just happened to find the ROC (Taiwan) Army Flags Regulations on Wikisource, as enacted on April 24, 1953, and abolished on December 17, 1985.
To summarize:
The Army flag was in the proportions of 7:8 [since officially changed to 2:3], red field with a blue rectangle, 1/4 the total area of the flag, bearing a white sun, at the centre;
The Army Commander-in-Chief flag had additional yellow border and fringe, topped with a small blue-white-red tricolour bearing a yellow plum blossom (shown in Flags Through the Ages and Across the World [smi75b);
The Army Vice Commander-in-Chief flag had additional yellow fringe (but not border), topped with a small red rectangular flag bearing a yellow plum blossom;
Corps/Division/Brigade Command; Airborne/Armoured Branch; Garrison Command; Corps/Division Military District all had their army flag topped with a small yellow triangular flag (right angled at the lower hoist, as per the pre-1890 Chinese National Flag) bearing one or two ideograms in black as a kind of initials to indicate the level of command;
Army Hospitals and Sanitary Units had their army flag topped with a small white rectangular flag bearing a red cross;
Regiments and lower units had their army flag topped with red tassels, and with unit name in black on a white stripe near the hoist;
Army schools' flag had the sun inside a circle rather than a rectangle, and with yellow fringes.
Miles Li, 30 May 2008


Commander-in-Chief

1953-1985
[flag of National Revolutionary Army Commander in Chief]
image by Miles Li, 2 June 2008

In May 6, 1953, a flag similar to the National Revolutionary Army Commander-in-Chief was created in Taiwan for the position of Commander-in-Chief. It was again based on the Army flag, but with a yellow border on all four sides, and was further fringed in yellow. Above it was a small blue-white-red horizontal tricolour with a yellow plum blossom at its centre. Like all other Taiwanese military flags, it was carried on a red pole with white metal spearhead finial and white metal pike base.
Miles Li, 3 April 2004

This flag was instituted according to Army Flags Regulations, 1953-1985. However, it was adopted in 1958 and replaced with Commanding General of the Army.
Akira Oyo, 14 April 2014


Vice Commander-in-Chief

1953-1985
[flag of Army Vice Commander in Chief]
image by Miles Li, 2 June 2008

This flag was instituted according to Army Flags Regulations, 1953-1985. However, it was adopted in 1958 and replaced with Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army's Flag 1958 - 1986.
Akira Oyo, 14 April 2014

The ROC Armed Forces are used to using "Deputy" instead of "Vice" to translate a position only lower than the leader but higher than others. If a new position are setup between the leader and the deputy leader, it will be translated in "Vice", for example, "Vice-Minister of Defence" and "Vice Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces."
Akira Oyo, 14 April 2014


Commanding General of the Army 2007-

[flag of Commanding General of the Army]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 05 April 2014

This flag was used by Commander-in-Chief of the Army de jure 1958-2007, de facto circa 1992-2007.
Miles Li, 05 April 2014


Commanader-in-Chief of the Army (de facto 1958-circa 1992)

[flag of Commanding General of the Army]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 05 April 2014


Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army (de jure 1958-1986)

[flag of Deputy Commanader-in-Chief of the Army]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 05 April 2014

Flag of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army was abolished  on 03 January 1986 as Act of Ensign of the ROC Armed Forces adopted.
Akira Oyo, 05 April 2014


Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army (de facto 1958-1986)

[flag of Deputy Commanader-in-Chief of the Army]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 05 April 2014

Flag of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army was abolished  on 03 January 1986 as Act of Ensign of the ROC Armed Forces adopted.
Akira Oyo, 05 April 2014


Rank Flag Information

The Taiwanese Army rank flags are green, with the Army emblem above yellow five-pointed stars arranged horizontally: General First Class has four, General Second Class has three, Lieutenant-General has two, Major-General has one. That of colonel has thee plum blossoms in place of stars.
The Army emblem consists of crossed rifle and sword, surrounded by two panicles of rice, each containing seven grains (representing July 7, the beginning of Sino-Japanese War in 1937), the whole under the white sun on blue disc.
Miles Li, 7 July 2004


Senior General 1958-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Senior General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 13 April 2014


Senior General 1958-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Senior General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 14 April 2014


Senior General 1986-circa 1992 (de facto)

[flag of Senior General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 16 April 2014


Senior General (de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992)

[flag of Senior General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 17 April 2014


General 1958-1986 (de jure)

[flag of General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 13 April 2014


General 1958-1986 (de facto)

[flag of General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 14 April 2014


General 1986-circa 1992 (de facto)

[flag of General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 16 April 2014


General (de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992)

[flag of Senior General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 17 April 2014


Lieutenant-General 1958-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Lieutenant-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 13 April 2014


Lieutenant-General 1958-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Lieutenant-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 14 April 2014


Lieutenant-General 1986-circa 1992 (de facto)

[flag of Lieutenant-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 16 April 2014


Lieutenant-General (de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992)

[flag of Lieutenant-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 17 April 2014


Major-General 1958-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Major-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 13 April 2014


Major-General 1958-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Major-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 14 April 2014


Major-General 1986-circa 1992 (de facto)

[flag of Major-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 16 April 2014


Major-General (de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992)

[flag of Major-General]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 17 April 2014


Colonel 1964-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Colonel]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014


Colonel 1964-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Colonel]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014


Colonel 1986-circa 1992 (de facto)

[flag of Colonel]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 16 April 2014


Colonel (de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992)

[flag of Colonel ]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 17 April 2014


Lieutenant Colonel 1964-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Lt. Colonel]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014


Lieutenant Colonel 1964-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Lt. Colonel]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014


Major 1964-1986 (de jure)

[flag of Major]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014


Major 1964-1986 (de facto)

[flag of Major]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 15 April 2014