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    Quote Originally Posted by richgiddens View Post
    The Dutch do it lying down, the French standing up.
    Childish, but works for me
    Similarly Germans and Belgians?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJE View Post
    Similarly Germans and Belgians?
    but wrong way around.

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    Holland is flat
    When the love of power becomes the power of love then there will be peace in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPig View Post
    but wrong way around.


    German is horizontal, Belgian vertical. Just what he said, or implied anyway.

    I have an odd way of remembering. There is a dialect of German "Plat-Deutsch" this means low or flat german. Thus German flag is flat. Works for me.

    We see so many Dutch flags here I don't have trouble remembering them.

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    My own mnemonic is Vive (vertical) La France and French speaking Belgium, whereas both Holland and Germany are horizontal.
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    Would you be so disrespectful to your national flag / ensign, as to let it fall apart so only 1/3 of it was left? Shamefull

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    In a discussion about flags I explained to an American colleague 'France is to Holland as Belgium is to Germany'. For some reason I still haven't worked out she thought I was insulting our European neighbours.
    One hull good, two hulls better.

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    Here is the originating page it is quite interesting. The flags above seem to have been in use during WW2

    http://www.quadibloc.com/other/flaint.htm
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    I was always taught that the way to remember the French Flag is the French Colours always come down. (ie the stripes are vertical - and in memory of Trafalgar....)
    [B][I]Wishing things away is not effective.[/I][/B]

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    The Germans invaded the Netherlands (Both Horizontal)
    and down through Belgium into France (Both Vertical)

    Not strictly historically accurate but good enough for my purposes.

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