Freikorps Officer Detachement Von Randow Sleeve Shield


Condition: Excellent

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Product Description:   This Freikorps Officer Detachement Von Randow Sleeve Shield  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 the Detachement of Von Randow.  The shield was made out of brass and silvered, in the center a shield with a cross that is made out of enamel. There is some chipping on each top corners of the shield. Four  holes around the edge of the wreath, which was used to sew onto the uniform. The Freikorps Officer Detachement Von Randow Sleeve Shield is in excellent condition.




Historical Description: Freikorps, any of several private paramilitary groups that first appeared in December 1918 in the wake of Germany’s defeat in World War I. Composed of ex-soldiers, unemployed youth, and other discontents and led by ex-officers and other former military personnel, they proliferated all over Germany in the spring and summer of 1919 and eventually numbered more than 65 corps of various names, sizes, and descriptions. Most were nationalistic and radically conservative or protofascist and were employed unofficially but effectively to put down left-wing revolts and uprisings in Berlin, Bremen, Brunswick, Hamburg, Halle, Leipzig, Silesia, Thuringia, and the Ruhr. They fought miniature wars and sometimes resorted to plunder and terror. Their members were involved in several political assassinations, of which the most dramatic was the 1922 murder of Walther Rathenau, the country’s foreign minister. At first sanctioned, or even supported, by such figures as Defense Minister Gustav Noske and General Paul von Hindenburg, the Freikorps finally came to be viewed as a nuisance and a threat, and their activities were eventually supplanted by regular army and police work or assumed by the new units of the Nazis and other political parties. Ernst Röhm, a Freikorps commander, later became head of the Nazi SA, or Brownshirts.


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