History of the German flag
German flag: This is a brief history of the flag, it origins and why it was chosen to represent the country.
History of the German Flag
The black, red and gold colours have long been part of the German flag – but like many European powers, Germany has not always been one country. The first emergence of a German flag came around the 14th century. Germany was not one country but was under the banner of the Holy Roman Empire. The flag set the foundations for a German flag, using a gold background with a black eagle – a symbol associated with the imperial presence.
This flag was used as an official representation of the Holy Roman Emperor until the Napoleonic Wars. The French army invaded many states in the Holy Roman Empire – effectively disintegrating it in the 19th century. A unified national German identity began to form after to resist the French occupiers, where the colours of black, red and gold served as a representation of German forces. This saw the first glimpse of the German flag as we know it.