Original Rare Chinese National Revolutionary Army Far East Expeditionary Force Flag - 53" x 75"
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very rare original service worn Chinese National Revolutionary Army Flag, measuring a nice displayable 53" x 75". The flag is made from lightweight cotton canvas, and is a large formerly field with a blue insignia sewn onto one side in the middle. The header of the flag is printed / stamped with the following Chinese characters from top to bottom: 國 民 革 命 軍 遠 東 遠 征 軍 , which reads "National Revolutionary Army Far East Expeditionary Force".
The Chinese NRA undertook several expeditions during the 1920s and 1930s to consolidate the KMT's power in China. This was of course interrupted by the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, often considered part of World War II.
This is the first time we have seen a flag like this, and it really looks like it has "been there, done that". Very interesting, ready to research and display!
The flag of the National Revolutionary army is very similar to the Republic of China / KMT flag, however the blue rectangle with the twelve-rayed sun is in the center of the flag, not in the canton. In Chinese, the flag is commonly described as Blue Sky, White Sun, and a Wholly Red Earth to reflect its attributes.
The National Revolutionary Army (NRA; 國民革命軍), sometimes shortened to Revolutionary Army (革命軍) before 1928, and as National Army (國軍) after 1928, was the military arm of the Kuomintang (KMT, or the Chinese Nationalist Party) from 1925 until 1947 in China. It also became the regular army of the Republican era during the KMT's period of party rule beginning in 1928. It was renamed the Republic of China Armed Forces after the 1947 Constitution, which instituted civilian control of the military.
Originally organized with Soviet aid as a means for the KMT to unify China during the Warlord Era, the National Revolutionary Army fought major engagements in the Northern Expedition against the Chinese Beiyang Army warlords, in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) against the Imperial Japanese Army and in the Chinese Civil War against the People's Liberation Army.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the armed forces of the Chinese Communist Party were nominally incorporated into the National Revolutionary Army (while retaining separate commands), but broke away to form the People's Liberation Army shortly after the end of the war. With the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic of China in 1947 and the formal end of the KMT party-state, the National Revolutionary Army was renamed the Republic of China Armed Forces, with the bulk of its forces forming the Republic of China Army, which retreated to the island of Taiwan in 1949.
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