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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Lippe (until 1972 Lemgo)

The first arms were granted on June 7, 1926, the new arms in 1978/9.
The arms are based on the rose of Lippe and the arms of Paderborn (left). The town was ruled by both the Princes of Lippe and the bishops of Paderborn. On the Paderborn arms two additional symbols are added; the tower is an old windmill, which is a typical landmark in the town. The tree represents the situation of the town in the Teutoburger Wald (forest).
As Europe's biggest gliding field is located in Oerlinghausen, the glider plane was included in the new arms. Oerlinghausen sometimes calls itself "Stadt der Segelflieger" which means "city of glider pilots".

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes, and Oerlinghausen web.

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