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Tibet military flag in 1938

Bod, Bö, བོད་

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[1938 Tibetan flag]
Source: Wikimedia Commons
image located by Jan-Patrick Fischer, 17 May 2012
Copyright: Bundesarchiv

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An interesting photo, showing the Tibetian flag in 1938.
It was made by German Ernst Schäfer expedition. Original capture: "Lhasa, die Neujahrsparade des modernen Militärs vor dem Potala" (Lhasa, New Years Parade of modern military in front of Potala).,_Tibetexpedition,_Milit%C3%A4rparade.jpg
This indicate the military use, not the use as national flag.
Jan-Patrick Fischer, 17 May 2012

According to the historian Melvyn Goldstein who quoted Phüntsog Wangyal, a former communist Tibetan cadre, before 1959 the flag now used as a national flag by the Tibetan exiles was then only used by the Tibetan military. It wasn't flown on official buildings.
Corentin Chamboredon, 17 May 2012