When on peacekeeping missions for the UN, it is common for units to fly the United Nation flag from their vehicles and at buildings and camps to clearly show that troops are operating under the aegis of the international community.
The UN flag depicts a cartographical image of the world rendered in white on a blue background, surrounded by two stylised olive leaves:
Olive leaves are the traditional symbol of peace and the design was first introduced in December 1946 in the wake of World War II. The official description of the emblem is:
A map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree, . . . The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.
On this flag the device has been rendered as a seperate piece in white cloth and stitched to the flag rather than having been printed:
Whilst I do not know which nation manufactured or used this UN flag, it is well made and measures aproximately 18″x36″ with a white stitched binding to secure the cord that is used to fly the flag from a pole:
The small size and type of fixings suggest that this flag might have been used on something such as a small boat where it could be flown from a jack stay. Regardless of its exact country of origin, this is a very well made little flag and fits in nicely with my small but growing set of UN related militaria.