Coats of arms of German colonies

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Coats of arms of German colonies were prepared but never formally granted.[1]

In 1914, the German government decided to assign coats of arms to its overseas colonies. Arms were designed, but World War I broke out before the project was finalised, and the arms were never actually taken into use. Giving the colonies their own insigina in time of war could have let them have symbols to rally around in case of rebellion.[2] Following the defeat in the war, Germany lost all her colonies and the prepared arms were therefore never granted.

The proposed coats of arms of the German Empire's colonies and protectorates all followed a similar style. The single headed eagle known as the Reichsadler (national eagle) were in the chief of the shield. In the main part of the shield was a colony specific symbol, such as an elephant for the colony of Kamerun. A banner on top of the shield displayed the name of the colony or protectorate in German, but given the unheraldic nature of such a name banner, it is not sure this would have been part of the final blazon.

The coats of arms of the German Empire's colonies.
Proposed Coat of Arms New Guinea 1914.png
Proposed Coat of Arms Samoa 1914.png
Proposed Coat of Arms Southwest Africa 1914.png
German New Guinea German Samoa German South-West Africa
Proposed Coat of Arms Cameroon 1914.png
Proposed Coat of Arms Togo 1914.png
Proposed Coat of Arms East Africa 1914.png
Kamerun Togoland German East Africa


  1. ^ The Emperor's new coat of arms (Spiegel Online, 26 February 2009, in German).
  2. ^ Schurdel, H.D. . Battenberg (1995). Flaggen & Wappen Deutschland - Heraldik, Hymnen, BRD & DDR Flaggen und Wappen, Deutsche Ostgebiete, ehem. deutsche Kolonien u.v.m.

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