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    Very interesting thread indeed !....
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      3. Marine-Brigade von Loewenfeld

      The 3. Marine-Brigade was raised by Wilfried von Loewenfeld in Kiel following the naval mutiny in November 1918 with a strength of 1,500 and eventually reached a strength of 4,600 men. It was one of the first Freikorps units to be formed and served primarily as a security force in Kiel, in Upper Silesia during the first Polish uprising and during the Red Army uprising in the Ruhr.
      In support the Kapp Putsch in March 1920 it seized Breslau and received heavy casualties in attempting to seize Kiel from the Arbeitwehr (worker's militia) and the security police. As a result of its support of the failed coup, the Freikorps was disbanded. However, part of the brigade formed a new Freikorps unit called Die Spezialpolizei des Oberschlesischen Selbstschutz and went to Upper Silesia to fight the Poles.

      A memorial in memory of the fallen of this Freikorps unit was inaugurated 25 June 1934 in Dorsten by Der Kameradschaft der 3. Marine Brigade von Loewenfeld (Comrades Association) which was formed in 1922 and banned in late 1934. This memorial was thrown into the river by British soldiers after the war. It was salvaged in 1949 and used as a memorial for prisoners of war.

      A second surviving memorial was erected at the naval cemetery in Kiel.

      A third surviving memorial to the fallen of the campaign in the Ruhr uprising was erected in Bortrop by the reconstituted Kameradschaft der 3. Marine Brigade von Loewenfeld in the early 1960s.

      Pictured are:
      A. 1st type collar badge
      B. 2nd type variation (this type is much scarcer than the first)

      With the 2nd type variation collar badges I received a group of documents pertaining to the revived comrades association which was re-formed sometime in the mid-1950s and lasted until 1988.
      In this group were four bulletins (Winkspruch Nr. 14 - 17) detailing activities of the Kameradschaft der 3. Marine Brigade von Loewenfeld from 1963 to 1965. As well there was a commemorative booklet detailing the history of the Freikorps and listing all those killed in various actions and with it an invoice for the booklet addressed to a Kapitän (name unknown). The booklet was issued in 1963 in time for the annual meeting of the comrades association.

      Interestingly, there was a great deal of activity by the "Kameradschaft" in the 1960s, judging from the bulletins, despite the fact that the members would have all been in their 60s and 70s.
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        Wehr-Regiment München

        Formed on 8. May, 1919 as a security force to police Munich after the defeat of the communists of the Bavarian Soviet in early May 1919. It initially had a strength of approximately 3,000 men drawn from various other Bavarian Freikorps, including Freikorps Epp and the Bavarian "Sicherheitspolizei" (security police). It was considered the military arm of the Bavarian security police and by 1920 was designated Polizei-Wehr-Regiment München before eventually being absorbed by the Bavarian "Landespolizei" (state police) in 1921.

        Pictured are:

        The sleeve badge of Wehrregiment München
        A recruiting poster
        Newspaper notices from Bayerland newspaper calling for volunteers
        A photo of Rittmeister Heinrich Heniger in the uniform of the Vorläufige (provisional) Reichswehr (June to Oct. 1919) wearing the sleeve badge of Wehrregiment München.
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        Last edited by bolewts58; 01-14-2020, 01:33 AM.


          Unknown Sleeve Badge - Possibly Detachement von Randow

          This sleeve badge is identified as 'Unknown' by Ingo Haarcke in his catalogue of Freikorps unit insignia. But, it was identified some years ago as possibly a custom-made sleeve badge for officers in Detachement von Randow. Regardless, as proof of the dramatically increasing interest in Freikorps, this badge just sold for 366 EUR which is about twice what I expected it to sell for. Other items have recently been going for quite impressive prices. So, at least at the moment, the pandemic doesn't seem to be cooling down the hot market for Freikorps.

          Unknown_poss Randow Officer.jpg


            Freiwilliges Jäger-Bataillons Nr. 11. / Freikorps der “Marburger Jäger”

            Reserve-Jäger-Bataillons Nr. 11. was first used in Belgium and France and then from 1916 in Macedonia and in 1918 in Palestine against British troops, where it was almost "completely wiped out". 41 officers, 150 NCOs and 1281 enlisted men were either dead or missing by the end of the war.

            Remnants of Reserve-Jäger-Bataillons Nr. 11. returned to Marburg from Palestine in November 1918 and formed Freiwilliges Jäger-Bataillons Nr. 11. / Freikorps der "Marburger Jäger". This small Freikorps was commanded by Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm von Chappuis (later General der Infanterie in WWII) and consisted mostly of former fighters of the active battalion to which were added a few remaining recruits from the reserve garrison battalion resulting in a strength of 23 officers and 616 non-commissioned officers and men.

            Freikorps der “Marburger Jäger” is remembered mainly for taking punitive action against Serb, Croat and Slovene troops known as “Maister’s Fighters” led by a rogue Slovene officer, Major Rudolf Maister (the Butcher of Maribor) after Maister’s men massacred 13 German civilians and wounded another 60 during a pro-German/Austrian demonstration in Marburg on January 27, 1919, which came to be known as "Marburg's Bloody Sunday". The resulting action led to a treaty in which Marburg (Maribor) became part of Yugoslavia.

            Subsequently, Freikorps der “Marburger Jäger” served in Grenzschutz Ost border patrol in Upper Silesia initially suppressing a Spartacist-led miners’ strike and fighting in the First Polish Uprising in 1919.

            The Freikorps transferred to the Reichswehr in October 1919.

            Due to the small size of this Freikorps, this sleeve badge is extremely rare.
            In 50 years of Freikorps collecting, this is only the second one I've ever seen. Even in Haarcke's Freikorps catalogue he only has a very rough line drawing for this badge.

            Marburger Jaegersm.jpg
            Last edited by bolewts58; 08-01-2020, 09:30 PM.


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