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SWITZERLAND FLAGS AND BUNTING

In 1339 every soldier and officer of the troops leaving for the battle of Laupen was marked with the sign of the Holy Cross, The white cross on a red field has been a common Swiss emblem ever since. From the end of the 15th century a red banner charged with a white cross has been the accepted flag of the Confederation. The current flag was introduced in 1848 as the military colours, and its exact proportions were established in a military regulation of 1852. It became the national flag in 1889.