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We're flying the "schwarz-rot-gold" [black-red-gold] ensign of the short-lived Reichsflotte today to mark the 1848 liberal March Revolution in Prussia!
171 years ago street fighting in Berlin reached its peak when Prussian troops stormed the barricades of revolutionaries who were demanding the Prussian king adopt and institute democratic reform across the kingdom. When the fighting ended, 200 civilians had lost their lives and a further 600 were wounded.
The March Revolution in Berlin was one of several that erupted throughout Germany that year. Many of the revolutionaries demanded the unification of Germany, which at the time was a loose grouping of 39 states and free cities with individual rulers and governments--most of them autocratic.
The revolutionaries dreamed instead of a creating a democratic German state from the individual principalities and free cities that would unite all Germans in one country. It would be governed by a national parliament and Germans would be guaranteed certain rights, including the right to vote, press freedom, and freedom of assembly. The revolutionaries adopted the "schwarz-rot-gold" banner as their movement's symbol. Although a Constitution was adopted and an all-Germany navy formed (hence the flag), the democrats' efforts eventually collapsed.
Since 1848, Germans have associated these colors with liberal ideals and democracy, which is why the flag did not become the flag of Germany until the country adopted a republican form of government in 1919. The flag was discarded when the Nazis seized power in 1933, but adopted again as the national flag in 1949 when the Federal Republic of Germany was founded.
Today you can visit the "Platz des 18. März" in Berlin, which is on the west side of the Brandenburg Gate! 🇩🇪🇩🇪️️🇩🇪️🇩🇪️🇩🇪️🇩🇪️ #omgflags #funwithflags #18märz #platzdes18märz #märzrevolution #schwarzrotgold #hstreetgreatstreet #thehillishome #hstreet #germanhistory #deutschegeschichte #oldcity #noma at H Street Corridor