Contents
Introduction
The Campaign
Magazine Cover Gallery
After July 1942
Behind the Designs
The Flag In World War II
Search the Covers
About The Collection, Resources, Credits
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center
About The Collection Resources Credits
July 1942: United We Stand
The Flag In World War II
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First U.S. flag to enter Berlin, 1945
NMAH Armed Forces History Collection
Bequest of Major General John J. Maginnis

  First U.S. flag to enter Berlin, 1945


On June 23, 1945, a convoy of U.S. military personnel entered Berlin, Germany, to confer with Russian authorities and establish control of the American sector of the jointly occupied city. Forty-eight-star U.S. flags, handmade in the nearby town of Halle, were specially ordered for the convoy vehicles. Colonel John J. Maginnis, a field officer involved with the U.S. Army’s military government operations, kept one of these flags and framed it as a souvenir of the historic event.

With the end of World War II, the American flag came to symbolize the new roles and responsibilities the nation would undertake as a world power: helping to rebuild postwar Europe, forming alliances aimed at curbing future aggression, and fighting a “cold war” against the spread of communism.


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