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What does the flag of Austria mean? What does it represent?

From what I've read, the colors come from the white surcoat of an Austrian duke, who, at the battle of acre, used it to rally his fleeing troops. The coat was drenched in blood, with the exception of the part his belt had covered. Basically, what the article already says, except that from I read, he used the surcoat as an improvised flag to rally his men. -Alex, 18:34, 5 June 2006 (UTC).

So other than the obvious one, whats the difference between the two flags? What determines which flag is used where? 10:07, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

The relevant law (Wappengesetz) states that the flag with the coat of arms is the "Dienstflagge des Bundes" (I don’t know if there is a proper translation for this, but it means that this flag represents the federal institutions of the state). § 6 and § 4 Abs. 2 & 3 of the law say that the "Dienstflagge" may be used by the federal president, the president of the "Nationalrat" (national council = the first chamber of the parliament), the president of the "Bundesrat" (federal council = the second chamber of the parliament), the president and vicepresident of the audit court, the members of the federal government, the state secretaries and the members of the "Volksanwaltschaft" (ombudsman), the state governors when acting as organs of indirect federal administration, the offices of the federal administration, the "Bundesforste" (forest administration ?), the federal army, the universities and the administrations of the state monopolies. --Vheissu (talk) 00:13, 22 February 2008 (UTC)


In the History section, the text uses the term "Bindenschild" without giving it any clear connection to what it represents, and the term is neither wikilinked nor used anywhere else on the page. There are precious few uses of the term in the English Wikipedia, and the only useful one is on the list of flag names page, which indicates it as being a nickname for the Austrian flag. The German Wikipedia has a page on it, which further details it to refer to a shield using the red-white-red colors (if Google Translate is correct). In either case, I think a rewrite explaining this term is in order. I'm reluctant to do it myself because I'm not very familiar with the study of flags and heraldy; it would take me extensive research to make sure my rewrite was accurate. Is there someone here paying attention who might be willing to tackle this? Quantumpanda (talk) 01:25, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

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Royal banner of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth[edit]

Same design as the Austrian flag. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:50, 10 September 2019 (UTC)