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    Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia National Flag , 1946 - 1992 and JRM Brod Mira Galeb, Marshall Tito's Presidential Yacht & Training Ship, 1948-1992. When the victorious forces of Josip Broz Tito came to power in 1946, they added the red "Partisan Star" to the National tri-color of blue, white, and red that had been used used by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia since 1918. When Dr. Clarence Rungee requested Yugoslavian flags from the office of Josef Broz Tito he received the following note:

    "U vezi Vaseg pisma koje ste uputili drugu Marsalu, a u kojem molite da Vam se posalje jenda Jugoslavenska zastava za Vasu kolekci ju, obavjestavamo Vas da Vamu prilogu ovog pisma istu dostavljamo. Smrt fasizmu - Sloboda narodu"

    Which translates, "In connection with your letter sent to another in Marsala, in which you ask that a Yugoslav flag be sent to you for your collection, we inform you that we are providing you with the attachment of this letter. Death to fascism - freedom to the people"

    Clearly, the ardor of the anti-Nazi partisans was still strong in both the symbolism of the flag and the hearts of the people.

    Yugoslav Navy (JRM) Brod Mira Galeb "The Peace Ship Galeb," originally a training ship, was used as an official yacht by the late President of the Yugoslav Republic, Marshal Josip Broz Tito. She was launched in Genoa in 1938, as one of four banana refrigerator ships, all named for the Regia Azienda Monopolio Banane and intended for use between Italy and Africa. When WWII started, she became an auxiliary cruiser and commerce raider. After Italy's armistice with the Allies she was seized by the German Navy and converted into the minelayer Kiebitz (the Lapwing). After striking one of her own mines, she was in Trieste for repairs when she was sunk in a 1944 allied air raid. She was raised in 1948 and became a Yugoslavian Navy training ship.

    The Yugoslavian national flag is a cotton, 38" X 73", sewn, double applique flag finished with a pole sleeve hem along the hoist side. The flag is marked twice, simply, "JUGOSLAVIA."

    The ensign of the Galeb is a wool, 38" X 58", sewn flag with a screen dyed canton joined to the field and finished with a roped header with a loop at the upper hoist and a leadline below. It is inscribed in English, "WAR SHIP GALEB."

    The Brod Mira Galeb came to international attention in 1953, when it served as the Yugoslavian Presidential Yacht, carrying Tito from Yugoslavia to the River Thames, following the invitation from Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Tito had recently rejected Josef Stalin's claimed hegemony over the communist world and his visit is often seen as the beginnings of the Non-Aligned Movement.

    Tito loved the glamour and the prestige the ship conferred on his regime. He used it for parties, foreign visits, and diplomacy. World leaders entertained there included Nikita Khrushchev, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Haile Selassie, Sukarno, and Muammar Gaddafi. By repute, many Hollywood luminaries including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were his guests. The Yugoslav leader made 14 voyages with the Galeb, visiting 18 countries on three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa.

    After Tito's death in 1980, the ship remained in Montenegro until the 1992 dissolution of Yugoslavia, when the yacht was claimed by Croatia. She is currently a Museum Ship docked at Rijeka. Galeb is the Croatian word for "Seagull."

    This Lot of Yugoslavian flags is a unique opportunity to obtain documented flags from the Office of Marshall Tito and his yacht.

    Condition: The national flag is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled, and faded, but is otherwise complete. The ensign of the Galeb is in good condition. It is used and worn with several small holes, but is otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

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