Original U.S. WWI Red Cross Medic Cloth Flag by Paramount Flag Co. dated 1917 - 21" x 35"

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a U.S. WWI Issue Medic "Red Cross" flag, which is dated 1917 on the header! The flag is constructed of light canvas cloth and measures approximately 21 x 35 inches, with a large "Red Cross" in the center. It is single piece construction, with the cross dyed into the middle. The header has brass grommets on either end for attachment. It also states that the flag is made from AJAX HEAVYWEIGHT COTTON, and is part of the "Flags of the World" series.

It also has the manufacturer information stamped on it:



The flag is in very good condition, with the expected age toning and some small wear holes. A great item for any U.S. medical display!

It was important to clearly identify Medical personnel in the field. One of the early documents, such as the "Amelioration of the Conditions of the Wounded in Armies in the Field" signed August 22, 1864, by a number of Governments, already instructed that Flag and Arm Badges worn by Medical personnel would bear a Red Cross on a White Field. Both symbols when used on Hospitals, Ambulances, Evacuation and Aid Centers, were to be proof of their neutral status! These signs provided for neutrality of military and civilian protected personnel (it gave them non-belligerent status) exclusively engaged in removal, transportation, and treatment of wounded and sick, or the administration of sanitary formations and establishments, and entitled them to respect and protection from their enemies. The "1929 Geneva Convention" which superseded the former agreement, was signed on July 27, 1929 by forty-seven countries (including the Axis countries, Germany, Italy, and Japan) and comprised numerous articles, among which Articles 9 and 21, recognizing that bearers of special identification cards and civilian protected personnel identified by armbands, and vehicles, and installations wearing Geneva Convention markings and markers, were all exclusively engaged in medical care activities, and consequently protected and respected by the Geneva Convention.

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