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  1. Balkenkreuz

    The straight-armed Balkenkreuz, which is a stylized version of the Iron Cross, was the emblem of the World War II Wehrmacht and its branches: Heer, Luftwaffe, and Kriegsmarine. The Iron Cross used by today's German Bundeswehr unified defense forces inherits the four white, or lighter-colored, "flanks" of the older Balkenkreuz that do not "cap" the ends of the cross in either case, but with the "flanks" following the flared arms of the earlier German Empire's Iron Cross instead from the 1916-March 1918 era. The balkenkreuz is often incorrectly translated as the "Balkan Cross", but it has nothing whatever to do with the Balkans. More correct translations would be "beam cross", "bar cross" or "balk cross". It was first adopted in mid-April 1918 by the Luftstreitkräfte of World War I Germany, only about a week before the death of Manfred von Richthofen, and used from that time to the end of World War I, and its use resumed, with new standardized dimensions from the beginning of the Third Reich's Luftwaffe in 1935, to the end of World War II in Europe, always with the central black "core" cross having a stroke width one-quarter as wide as its length from end to end. The Luftwaffe would use two specifications for the Balkenkreuz, one with narrower white "flanks" on upper wing surfaces - before July 1939, it was used in all six regular positions on an airframe - and one with wider white "flanks" surrounding the same width central black cross beneath the wings and on the fuselage sides of German military aircraft during the war years.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BALKENKREUZ in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BALKENKREUZ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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