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One-Year Volunteers
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One-Year Volunteers

Men of military age who were permitted to fulfill their obligation for active service in one year instead of two, as volunteers. The arrangement was introduced in the course of military reforms in the Kingdom of Prussia as early as 1814 in order to ease the path of the educated and land-owning middle classes into military service. After the foundation of the North German Confederation in 1866, and that of the German Reich in 1871, the scheme was gradually introduced in all Germ…

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Thoss, Bruno, “One-Year Volunteers”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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