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Flieger Abteilung der Württembergische Freiwilligen Abteilung (Freikorps) Haas

Unit Breast badge instituted some time between May and September 1919 for the flying unit of Freikorps Haas. The badge apparently also came in a version for sewing on the uniform. I personally believe the badge was more of a commemorative service badge than simply a unit badge, as it probably didn't come into existence until after the unit's operational actions.

Württembergische Freiwilligen Abteilung Haas was formed in Münsingen, Württemberg in February 1919 by Generalmajor Otto Haas with a strength of 2376 men. The principal actions of the Freikorps were fighting against the Bavarian Soviet in Augsburg in April and the main battle in Munich in May 1919, as well as later in 1920 in the Ruhr, as part of Reichswehr-Brigade 13.

As far as I've been able to determine from research, the Flieger Abteilung of Freikorps Haas was formed in April 1919 and took part in the assault on Munich on May 3. 1919. They were likely nominally attached to Freiwilligen-Flieger-Abteilung Dessloch of Freikorps von Epp (commanded by Lnt. Otto Dessloch, former WWI Squadron leader of Bavarian Jagdstaffel 17 and later Generaloberst der Luftwaffe and winner of the Knights Cross with Oakleaves). The Flieger Abteilung of both Freikorps Hass and von Epp only lasted until September 1919 and then were disbanded as per the Treaty of Versailles.

If the Flieger Abteilung followed WWI Feld-Flieger-Abteilung composition structure, it likely had no more than 6 planes, making this badge extremely rare.

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Eiserne Eskadron / Freiwilligen-Eskadron Krossa / Freiwilligen Braunschweig Husaren-Regiment Nr.17

1/ Collar Badge

2/ Photo of Eiserne Esk. members

3/ Editorial and Recruiting Poster



The Freikorps was formed on January 31, 1919 as part of Freiwilligen-Division von Lettow-Vorbeck of the Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Korps in Berlin.
Fought against the Spartacists in March in Berlin and later joined Division Gerstenberg and fought against Socialist forces in Bremen.

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I had this in my odds and ends box for years and allways thought it to be some kind of schützenfest relatet cap badge or something, but only today i found out, its probably a Freikorps cap/collar badge of the Freiwilliges Landesschützenkorps (according to weitze at least). Its really well made and heavy for a hollowback badge and the frosted finish is pretty neat.

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Is this a legit piece?

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1 hour ago, Gerd Becker said:

I had this in my odds and ends box for years and allways thought it to be some kind of schützenfest relatet cap badge or something, but only today i found out, its probably a Freikorps cap/collar badge of the Freiwilliges Landesschützenkorps (according to weitze at least). Its really well made and heavy for a hollowback badge and the frosted finish is pretty neat.

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Is this a legit piece?

Yes. This is the cap badge of the Freiwilliges Landesschützenkorps. It went around the top cockade of the Feld-mutze. There was a pair of corresponding collar badges that had a closed round wreath.

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18 hours ago, Farkas said:

Hi Gents

was browsing and noticed the one similar to this....

i got it in a lot from the Tyrol area and had it in my mind as Italian...?

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tony

I think it's Verband Badische Jäger. It's not Freikorps and doesn't belong on this thread.

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7 minutes ago, bolewts58 said:

I think it's Verband Badische Jäger.

Thanks b

just googled it as above but not much in English and sadly I can't read German.

Do you know if the VBJ is a veteran organisation? Or is it a local hunters club?

obviously I'm hoping the former!

tony

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Hi chip

the one pin has sadly been lost

 

4 minutes ago, Chip said:

It's nice. Could be either group, What is the pin configuration on the reverse?

Chip

 

Tony

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3 hours ago, bolewts58 said:

I think it's Verband Badische Jäger. It's not Freikorps and doesn't belong on this thread.

Apologies- just saw the rest of your answer.

tony

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Rare Freikorps naval cap tally of Die Eiserne Flotille / Eiserne Torpedobootsflotille

Originally known as Die Freiwillige Nordsee-Torpedobootsflottille.

Founded in Wilhelmshaven under the Generalkommando des Garde-Korps (Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division, Berlin) on February 20, 1919. It was disbanded on August 3, 1920.

Commanded by Korvettenkapitän Rudolf Lahs (later Reichsmarine Kontoradmiral, Vice-President of Deutschen Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt (DVL) and President of the Reichsverbandes der Deutschen Luftfahrt-Industrie (RDLI).

Order of battle

1. Eiserne Halbflottille

2. Eiserne Halbflottille

The Flotille were first stationed in Emden harbor in March, 1919 to prevent a communist uprising.

The Flotille participated in the Hamburg uprising, June 1919 (known as Die Hamburger Sülzeunruhen).

 - The Eiserne Flotille with 8 torpedo boats blocked the Elbe and the entrance to Hamburg and provided a link between Detachments Lebedur and Heug (Reichswehr Pionier_Batl. 9).

It also supported the Kapp-Luttwitz Putsch in March 1920.

 

 

 

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@dante: could youi please be so kind and show us the back of the Kampfwagenabzeichen?

@bolewts58: It is not the badge of the Fliegerabteilung. It was awarded with certificate to the liberators of Munich 1919. It is a rare badge, but there were more than a few awarded.

 

 

cuffband with skull of Kampfwagenabteilungen (KoKampf) - luxury version officer

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same from a NCO tank driver

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On 21/05/2018 at 02:37, elbavaro said:

@dante: could youi please be so kind and show us the back of the Kampfwagenabzeichen?

@bolewts58: It is not the badge of the Fliegerabteilung. It was awarded with certificate to the liberators of Munich 1919. It is a rare badge, but there were more than a few awarded.

 

 

 

Hi elbavaro

Yes I am aware of the mistake in IDing this badge which I based on the wrong ID in Haarcke's catalogue.

It's actually called the Ehren- und Erinnerungszeichen der Befreier Münchens 1919 and was likely the last official Freikorps award as it was awarded beginning in 1938.

Here is a pic of the document and of the monument built in 1942 by the Nazis in honor of the liberation of Munich in May 1919.

 

 

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Der Reichsverband der Baltikumkämpfer

Organization for Freikorps veterans of the Baltic Campaigns, 1919-1920.

Founded as the Verein Ehemaliger Baltenkämpfer (Association of Former Baltic Fighters) in Magdeburg in 1921. In 1933, it was renamed Der Reichsverband der Baltikumkämpfer . On June 2-3, 1934 a reunion of the 36,000 members was held at Castle Saaleck where a large limestone plaque honoring the fallen of the Baltic campaign was installed in the east tower with a speech from the former Baltic commander, Graf Rüdiger von der Goltz. The association was disbanded in June 1936 by Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick.

Below is the membership certificate and stickpin of Viz. Feldwebel Hermann Finsterbusch, who served in the Baltic campaign, in the II. See-Bataillon (Groeben), 1. kurländisches Infanterie-Regiment (Major v. Lossow) which was part of the Eiserne Division. The photo is contemporary to his Baltic service and shows him wearing the blue and white chevron on his left sleeve of the 1st and 2nd Kurland infantry regiments.

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Bolewts58 yes in 27 years of MG collecting I have only ever seen 4, and these are 2. Sadly they were not cheap and came with a few MGK items.  As my interest is WWI Maschinengewehr I had to buy the whole 'job' lot but always available for offers or trades. I can take photos of the rear too if you wish.  Mark

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