equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and red.
Coat of Arms of Austria
The Coat of Arms of Austria has been used since the end of World War I
to symbolize Austria. The double headed eagle, symbolizing the old
Austro-Hungarian Empire was replaced with a single headed eagle.
On the chest of the eagle is located the old shield of the Duchy of Austria,
this same design forms the basis for the flag of Austria. The eagle's claws hold
a golden sickle and a golden hammer. While at first sight this might lead to an
association with communist symbols the golden mural crown on the head of the
eagle makes it clear, that these three merely represent the unity of the three
"classes" (workers, peasants and bourgeoisie) in the republic - not quite class
The broken iron chain between the two claws indicates liberation from the
occupation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938-1945) and was added after World War
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