GERMAN WW1 NAVAL BATTLE FLAG

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EXCELLENT CONDITION FLAG WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS. MARKED HELGOLAND 1914 – ( HELGOLAND IS THE GERMAN SPELLING OF HELIGOLAND), MEASURES APROX 150 CM X 80CM

Heligoland (/ˈhɛlɪɡoʊlænd/; German: Helgoland [ˈhɛlɡolant]Heligolandic Frisiandeät Lun lit. ”the Land”, Mooring FrisianHålilönj, Danish: Helgoland) is a small German archipelago in the North Sea.[2] The islands were at one time Danish and later British possessions.

The islands are located in the Heligoland Bight (part of the German Bight) in the southeastern corner of the North Sea, and had a population of 1,127 at the end of 2016. They are the only German islands not in the immediate vicinity of the mainland. They lie approximately 69 kilometres (43 miles) by sea from Cuxhavenat the mouth of the River Elbe.

Under the German Empire, the islands became a major naval base, and during the First World War the civilian population was evacuated to the mainland. The island was fortified with concrete gun emplacements along its cliffs similar to the Rock of Gibraltar. Island defenses included 364 mounted guns including 142 42-centimetre (17 in) disappearing guns overlooking shipping channels defended with ten rows of naval mines.[11] The first naval engagement of the war, the Battle of Heligoland Bight, was fought nearby in the first month of the war. The islanders returned in 1918, but during the Nazi era the naval base was reactivated.