Freikorps (Free Corps)
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Freikorps (Free Corps)

Generally, the term Freikorps (literally free corps) denotes military formations manned by volunteers. More specifically it refers to those units which were formed in Germany between 1918 and 1921 with the aim of conducting counter-revolutionary operations and to protect Germany’s eastern border against Poland and Bolshevik Russia (Grenzschutz Ost).

When the German Army marched home in November 1918 it literally fell apart as it reached the homeland, with units simply disbanding themselves and going home. At the same time, …

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Ziemann, Benjamin, “Freikorps (Free Corps)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0219>
First published online: 2015



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