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Veterans’ and Reservists’ Associations
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Veterans’ and Reservists’ Associations

With the introduction of general conscription, associations of former soldiers, which had previously existed only as professional organizations, became socially influential bodies. The first soldiers’ or war veterans’ associations appeared soon after the beginning of the 19th century, but it was not until after the wars of unification and the founding of the German Reich in 1871 that such organizations became widespread in Germany. First there arose in all part…

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Rohrkrämer, Thomas, “Veterans’ and Reservists’ Associations”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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