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Swastika as military symbol around the world

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Hi! Swastika is a ancient symbol whose reputation was ruined by Nazis. It was used in many Armies around the world. It was also symbol of the luck.


Latvia and Finland have used this symbol a lot. It was their aviation symbol too.

Some examples from Latvia:

Different army units. Mostly greated 1919-1921


More here http://uniformologija.lv/izvelne/vecas-latvijas-armijas-krusu-nozimes/


From Finland:


Modern Flag of Training Air Wing, Finnish Air Force 1918-1915 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Training_Air_Wing,_Finnish_Air_Force

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Thanks! I hope too! Swastika is so old symbol that we must rehabilitate his good name. I know it sounds unbelievable but how long we must demonize it because one bad regime have used it too in very short period?

Finnish Freedom Cross https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Cross_of_Liberty


Finnish WWII veterans support ring from 2007. A Finnish charity is selling silver rings emblazoned with a swastika to raise money for World War II veterans. Read more http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/nazi-or-nice-finns-snap-up-swastika-rings-for-christmas-a-523784.html Ilmapuolustussormus.jpg.a3f5d49a724d9f55

Finland's Victory Parade with swastika 1918



Latvian Order of Lāčplēsis (Bear Killer - Latvian national epic poem hero) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_L%C4%81%C4%8Dpl%C4%93sis


Estonian Scout merit cross Svastika




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Even in the US Army.... the 45th Infantry Division used this insignia from 1924 until as late as 1939. The swastika was also a Native American symbol.



A red diamond with a yellow swastika inside it

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Modern latvian Army.

tumblr_inline_o2ao62UNDr1tdj2wa_500.jpgtumblr_inline_o2ao4becSg1tdj2wa_540.jpgNational Guard 22nd Infantry Battalion

tumblr_inline_o2aoa16TVC1tdj2wa_400.jpgNational Guard 51st Infantry Battalion


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I recently got an example of the Latvian flying badge to compare to the drawing shown earlier here ...



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