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The Kingdom of Hungary (15.03.1848-19.04.1849) was part of the Habsburg Empire. In 19.04.1849 the Parliament of Hungary declarate the detronisation of the Habsburgs and the independence of the state. (19.04.1849-september/october 1849). The flag of the Kingdom of Hungary was the red-white-green flag without insription.
Istvan Molnar, 9 November 2000

1848 War Flag

[1848 Hungarian flag]
by Zeljko Heimer, 5 September 1996

Some time ago I described a Hungarian war flag used in 1848 revolts, as it is shown on the Hungarian post stamps of 1948. The flags on the stamps are in shades of one colour, so I have coloured it as it seemed right to me. I believe that it is quite right. The flag is white, bordered with red and green triangles. In the middle there is a shield of Hungarian arms, without the crown, surrounded with a wreath of oak(?) leaves. As much as I know, the Hungarian tricolour was used for the first time used in 1848, so this is not the national flag. I guess it must be the flag of the army. I back up this assumption by noting that a similar flag is used today by the Hungarian army, with the only difference in the shape of the shield and the crown of St. Stephen over it. That flag I have seen used by Hungarian units stationed in Croatia in UN forces, but I don't know if this is a war flag or the flag of the respective unit.
Zeljko Heimer, 5 September 1996

Some examples of 1848-9 war flags can be seen at <> and <zaszlo2.html>.
I was in Hungary in March 1998 during the celebration of 150 years to the revolt. It was quite impressing. I saw many variants of the 1848 revolt flag. It seems to me that those flags are all hand-made and not mass produce, and therefore there are many variant