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Dictionary of Vexillology: A (Augmentation - Azure)
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AUGMENTATION OF HONOUR/HONOR (AUGMENTATIONS or AUGMENTED)
A heraldically derived term for the charge added to a flag or coat of arms
to indicate special recognition for some – not necessarily military – service,
with an example being the George Cross that was added to the arms of Malta and
now appears on their current national flag and naval jack - an honorary distinction, addition of
honour, augmentations or augmented (see also
Government Ensign and Arms of Malta 1943–64 (fotw);
National Flag and Arms of Malta (fotw), Naval Jack of Malta (fotw)
Please note that this is in comparison to a battle
honour which is almost invariably related to combat, and is entirely military
See 'ancient 2)'.
An Auncient/Ancient, English c1590 (fotw)
The term used to cover an area of light usually (but not invariably) surrounding the whole or a part of some revered object or person – but see ‘nimbus’.
Arms and Flag of Olsztyn, Poland (fotw)
One interpretation of the Auriflamma/Oriflamme (fotw)
A colloquial term for one of the several designs suggested (over a period of several years)
as alternatives to the current Australian national flag.(see also
‘flag design competition’ and
National Flag of Australia (fotw); Four examples of an
from 1993 – 2013 (fotw)
Please note that Ausflag Ltd is an organization committed to the
promotion of a new Australian national flag
See ‘outrigger flag’.
See ‘car flag’.
Flag of the Automobile/Car Flag,
Prime Minister and the President of the State Parliament, Saar, Germany (fotw)
See ‘rank plate’.
Automobile/rank plate, General Army and Marine Corps US
In heraldry see ‘mixed tinctures’.
Brunatre and Tenne
See ‘government ensign’ under
Ensign for Auxiliary Ships, Ukraine (fotw); Ensign for
Auxiliary Ships, India (fotw); Ensign for
Auxiliary Ships 1966–1990, East Germany (fotw)
In heraldry the term sometimes used to describe two animals or other charges that are placed back to back –
but see ‘addorsed 2)’ and
Flag of Sugnens, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Schmerikon, Switzerland (Wikipedia
& fotw );
Arms and Flag of Orbe, Switzerland (Wikipedia & fotw )
Please note that this word has a different meaning in Modern English, however, its etymology would suggest that it would have been correct usage at an earlier date.
A symbol of the Portuguese branch of the Order of Calatrava – the Avis Order – but see
(also ‘cross of Calatrava’).
Putative Banner of Arms of the Avis Order, Portugal (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Avis, Portugal (fotw); Flag and Arms of Alandroal, Portugal (fotw)
AWARD FLAG (or AWARD PENNANT)
A flag or pennant signifying that the organization displaying it has received
the citation, commendation or other award usually represented by the flag's design -
honour banner or
touring flag (see also
‘battle efficiency pennant’,
‘blue flag’, ‘E pennant 2)’ and
The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, UK (Graham Bartram);
Naval Energy Conservation Award, US (fotw);
Beach Quality Award Flag, Portugal (fotw);
Environmental Protection Award Pennant, US (fotw)
Please note that such awards (and their accompanying flags) are often only held for a limited
In largely US usage, a streamer attached to the flag of a military unit to
signify the award of an order, citation, decoration, or similar collective honour
(see also ‘streamer 1)’).
Valorous Unit Award Streamer, US
A heraldic term for the colour blue - see
‘rule of tincture’).
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