wehrmacht awards

Some Freikorps Unit Badges
Old 08-07-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default Some Freikorps Unit Badges

1/ Stadtwehr Augsburg (breast or lapel badge)
Self-defence militia raised in Spring 1919 to fight against the Bavarian Soviet.

2/ Freiwilligen Brigade Nord-Litauen (arm-badge)
Formed 26 March 1919 from 45. Reserve-Division under Generalmajor Gündell in Lithuania and Latvia as part of the Baltic Landwehr.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg StadtwehrAugsburgcompsm.jpg (124.0 KB, 984 views)
File Type: jpg Nord_Litauencompsm.jpg (155.9 KB, 983 views)

Last edited by bolewts58; 08-07-2014 at 10:08 PM.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-07-2014, 10:05 PM   #2
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

1/ Freischützenkorps Berlin (Meyn) / Volkswehrabteilung Meyn (arm-badge)
Raised in January 1919 to fight against the Spartacist Uprising.
In June 1919 this unit became the Sicherheits Polizei Berlin (Security Police).

2/ Berliner Selbstschutz (lapel badge)
One of several civil defence units raised in January 1919 to fight against the Spartacist Uprising.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Freisch_kps_Berlincompsm.jpg (252.4 KB, 986 views)
File Type: jpg Berliner Selbstschutzcompsm.jpg (186.5 KB, 985 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2014, 07:33 AM   #3
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

Regiment Reinhard / Freiwilligen-Brigade Reinhard (arm badge)

One of the earliest Freikorps units formed on December 24 1918. Fought against the Spartacist Uprising in Berlin in 1919 and against the Poles in Upper Silesia.

The unit's first insignia, worn for a short period from December 1918 to early January 1919 was a simple white armband with the words 'Freiwilligen-Regiment Reinhard' printed in black.

1/ The most common type of the arm shield in gilt-brass with black lacquered center (This version is heavily faked. Fakes are easy to spot, if one knows what to look for).

2/ Scarce variation in silvered zinc.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Reinhardcompsm.jpg (126.9 KB, 994 views)
File Type: jpg Reinhardzinccompsm.jpg (125.8 KB, 988 views)

Last edited by bolewts58; 08-08-2014 at 08:41 AM.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

MGSS-Abteilung (Freikorps) von Petersdorff (1st type arm badge)

Formed in late December 1918, this unit fought against the Spartacist Uprising in January 1919 in Berlin. It participated in the first Silesian Campaign and then joined the Baltic Landwehr as part of the Iron Division in the Baltic Campaign.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Petersdorffcompsm.jpg (251.0 KB, 953 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-09-2014, 02:01 AM   #5
von Mackensen
Member
 
von Mackensen's Avatar
 
von Mackensen is offline
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Italy
Posts: 50
Default

this is truly interesting. I am seriously interest about freikorps badge, patch etc. but in Italy there are, nowadays, a lack of materials (books, magazine etc.) concerning this argument. I found useful, except internet, (informations may vary....) these two books:
_ The German Freikorps 1918-23 by Carlos Caballero Jurado
_ GERMAN UNIFORMS, INSIGNIA AND EQUIPMENT by Charles Woolley

Thanks for these posts, keep it up with your preciuos work!
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-09-2014, 04:38 AM   #6
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

Thanks for your comments. There is still a shortage of books on the Freikorps, especially on unit histories, and how they evolved in the 3 versions of the Reichswehr from 1919 to 1921 (Vorläufiges Reichswehr, Übergangs Reichswehr, 100,000 Mann Reichswehr).

My collection is rather humble compared to some. But, as I find time, I will continue to post examples of badges and a few sentences about each unit.

Last edited by bolewts58; 08-09-2014 at 04:44 AM.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-09-2014, 09:24 AM   #7
August
Member
 
August's Avatar
 
August is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Amerika-Süd
Posts: 327
Default

Please do continue - very interesting !
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-10-2014, 04:48 AM   #8
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

1/ Württembegische Freiwilligen-Abteilung Haas / Freikorps Haas (collar badge)

Formed on 25 February 1919 by Generalleutnant Otto Haas. It saw action in Augsburg, against the Münchener Räterepublik in Munich in April-May and in the Ruhr in April 1920.

Shown are two styles of collar badges. The pair are frosted silver with burnished highlights and splints on the reverse. The single is 'mattweiss' finish with the more common holes for sewing.

2/ Detachement von Oven / Freikorps von Oven / Freiwilligen Regiment von Oven (collar badge)

Was part of Freikorps Hülsen, which was raised on 26 December 1918 and saw action against the Spartacist uprising in Berlin. It again saw action in Berlin in March 1919 and in Leipzig in May.

Shown is a single collar in the same design as Freikorps Haas, except in fire gilt finish.

Several Freikorps used different generic oakleaf collar devices readily available 'off the shelf' at military supply shops. The reason for this was economic and/or immediate need which precluded custom purpose-designed badges.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg FKHaascompsm.jpg (131.8 KB, 894 views)
File Type: jpg FKvonOvencompsm.jpg (133.9 KB, 887 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-10-2014, 11:36 AM   #9
von Mackensen
Member
 
von Mackensen's Avatar
 
von Mackensen is offline
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Italy
Posts: 50
Default

Another precious and interesting post!
Do you have some infos and pictures of original medals etc about the eiserne division? Hope so i really like the skull's medal of this freikorps but never saw an original one!
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-10-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
Sergeant 08
Association Member
 
Sergeant 08's Avatar
 
Sergeant 08 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germany
Posts: 5,251
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by von Mackensen View Post
Another precious and interesting post!
Do you have some infos and pictures of original medals etc about the eiserne division? Hope so i really like the skull's medal of this freikorps but never saw an original one!
Look here:

http://184.172.36.50/forums/showthread.php?t=523212
__________________
Media vita in morte sumus – mitten im Leben sind wir vom Tod umgeben.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-11-2014, 07:36 AM   #11
von Mackensen
Member
 
von Mackensen's Avatar
 
von Mackensen is offline
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Italy
Posts: 50
Default

I really would like to have one of them in my collection!
You may found interest something written in this book concerning freikorps' stuff:
_ THE GERMAN REICHSWEHR: UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE GERMAN ARMY FROM 1919 TO 1932 By Adolf Schlicht
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-11-2014, 07:55 AM   #12
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

This thread is about Freikorps unit insignia, not awards.

Maybe, I'll start an award thread at some point.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-11-2014, 12:06 PM   #13
Sergeant 08
Association Member
 
Sergeant 08's Avatar
 
Sergeant 08 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germany
Posts: 5,251
Default

Let me add my favourite insignia to this thread, my MWH badge.

I think Brian can tell us a little bit more background infos about the unit.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg mwh.JPG (76.4 KB, 860 views)
__________________
Media vita in morte sumus – mitten im Leben sind wir vom Tod umgeben.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-11-2014, 10:26 PM   #14
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

Thanks for showing the very rare MWH badge again.

Freiwilligen Minenwerfer Sturm Detachement Heuschkel / Sturm-Bataillon Heuschkel was part of Marine Division von Lettow-Vorbeck attached to the Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Korps. The unit consisted of only 14 officers and 183 men. It contained 8 light Minenwerfer sections,4 heavy MG sections, 1 light MG section, and a flamethrower unit. They only fought in Berlin against the Spartacists in 1919.

Pictured on the left is MWH in Berlin in 1919 with the sign: "Whoever tries to pass will be shot". Pictured on the right is Feldwebel Josef Riering of MWH.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg MW_H.jpg (180.0 KB, 848 views)

Last edited by bolewts58; 08-11-2014 at 10:34 PM.
  Reply With Quote

Old 08-12-2014, 02:00 AM   #15
bolewts58
Association Member
 
bolewts58 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 2,900
Default

I meant to say that the 14 officers and 183 men was the initial number of troops in MWH. It ran a Sturm Lehrschule (assault training school) from which it recruited additional men. Although exact numbers are not known, it's likely that MWH never exceeded 500 men in total and was probably less when it disbanded.

While there are two badges identified, I believe they are basically from the same die and only differ in finish and where the sewing holes were drilled.

Last edited by bolewts58; 08-12-2014 at 02:05 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






vBulletin skins developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright Wehrmacht-Awards.com