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Thüringisches Husaren-Regiment 12, Standarte

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This unique piece, the regimental standard of Thüringisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 12 is presently on offer, the going price is 35.000 Euros. Before the end of World War II, the standards of the old regiments were largely stored in their former garrisons, in many cases however, evacuated for safety due to the bombing raids, and the approach of invading enemy troops. This was to no avail, as they were confiscated or privately stolen by the Allies in East and West.  In recent years numerous examples have been surfacing and being offered on the markt, in prinipal, illegaly, as these are the property of the former Prussian state, and as this no longer exists, would be the property of the present republic, it's museums or institutions.

The standard was at the time, as with most examples, quickly ripped, along with it's accessories, from the standard pole, and shows otherwise moderate age damage, with loss of the blue woven silk material in places, especially on the upper right side and along the front edge, where it was nailed to the flagpole.

The regiment was based in Torgau.

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The standard is depicted under Wikipedia

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Amazing detail that went into this and other flags of their types. 

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A regiment was never permitted to lose it's colours, it was to be either  brought to safety or held till the last defender. In 1915 flags and standards were removed from the front and brought back to their respective garrisons. Each individual standard was completely hand made, no factory production.

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Interesting. I know when US troops arrived overseas, I have seen them marching to French camps with their regimental and national colors, this was as late as 1917-1918. Of course they did not take them into battle either. 

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