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Albert Leo Schlageter Memorial Badge (Item FREI 1-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most beautiful and sentimental badges of the German Reich. Albert Leo Schlageter was a decorated hero of the First World War. Later, as a concerned German patriot, he joined various Freikorps organizations that were fighting the sleazy communists in the streets as the red rabble attempted to overthrow Germany in favor of the red menace of Russia. He took part in expeditions into the Baltic and upper Silesia. Following the French occupation of the Ruhr in 1922, he joined the National Socialist Party and actively acted against the cruel occupation with acts that would be called sabotage by the enemy. He was apprehended by the vicious French Army and charged with blowing up a bridge on March 15, 1923. He was a given a “star chamber” (so-called trial) and found guilty and the young patriot was murdered by firing squad on May 26, 1923. The NSDAP erected a giant monument in the form of the Christian cross in his honor in the Goltzheimer Heide near Düsseldorf, and his fame and glory lived on until the end of the Second World War, when the victorious “Christian Allies” purposely destroyed the cross. In 1933, a badge was created also in Schlageter’s honor and distributed to select individuals by the Schlageter Memorial Museum, Inc., in cooperation and association with the Schlageter Bund. The badges were given to various members of the Freikorps, who would merit them after honorable service to the Deutsche Vaterland. The one offered here is the Type 1 measuring 58mm high bearing the cross and the name Schlageter. Crossed swords were below the title bar. Bars could be added indicating the member’s service. This one has the bar (Spartakus) 1919-1923. This recognized that the recipient fought in the Freikorps action against the red rats of the Spartakus brigades under the fiery red leader, Karl Liebknecht, and his “beautiful” comrade, Rosa Luxemberg. The badge is in pristine condition and is framed with a Sleeveband of the early SA formation named after the young hero all very nicely done up and would make a lovely and meaningful memento and relic from the turbulent 1920’s in Germany. The frame measures 11 x 9 inches. They may have destroyed the cross and desecrated his grave, but ideas and memories do not die.

The last words of young Schlager written to his family: “I am about to go to my death. I will take confession and communion. Farewell until our happy reunion in heaven. Greetings to you again, father, mother, and all those in our holy Germany.” A song was sung after this by his SA comrades: “The traitors must die/O holy Rhineland/Bride of Iron/You will be France’s death and destruction/When the grey morning of revenge dawns.” Another song was sung that went like this: “Bound and chained in Düsseldorf/Beaten like a dog tortured and mocked a German officer/And still his heart so proud and free/It was in the beautiful month of May at Düsseldorf on the Rhine/You proud days of battle/Riga Annaberg O mother dear!/O you black forest!, O red of dawn/Now a fiery young heart goes to its rest.” At his graveside Rudolf Kötter conjured up the spirit of the departed hero: “You have redeemed us like that other hero who died on the cross at Golgotha and you have given us the strength to live and die just as you did for your belief in freedom and greatness for our Volk and Fatherland. ALBERT LEO SCHLAGETER LIVES!

PRICE: $498.00

 

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Freikorps Ring (Leering Skull) (Item FREI 1-2; WEHR 18-20)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the favorite ring styles of the Freikorps troops who saved Germany from the red menace in the 1920s. The skull is very similar to the “Werewolf” faction of the Free Corps. But skulls were used by several of these fierce combat-ready troops. See Item WEHR 3-2. The Freikorps is credited with being the one element that saved Germany from inclusion in the monstrous Soviet system of horror. Forever must its memory be preserved. The ring is clearly marked with ‘835’ silver designation inside. This is a handsome rare addition to any Kampfzeit collection.

PRICE: $250.00

 

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Freikorps or Sturmtruppen Ring (Item FREI 1-3; WWI 8-1)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the tradition rings produced by the elderly jeweler that we met in Stuttgart a few years back. For the narrative of how we acquired these rings and other jewelry see About Our Rings. The leering skull was a symbol of the German elite divisions know as Sturmtruppen, Storm Troops (assault detachment), which were infantry units specially armed and trained for attacking enemy defensive positions. This type of ring was employed by both these special troops and the Freikorps, later. The Freikorps, Free Corps, was a paramilitary unit that fought the communists in the German streets of Berlin and Munich and in the post-WWI years. They were used to defend the German borders against the good possibility of invasion by the red army and later they were very successful and effective in putting down the revolution from the left-wing Spartacists and other human rodents in 1921. After saving Germany from the red menace the Freikorps was dissolved and many of these seasoned fighters joined the ranks of the SA (Sturmabteilung) (Storm Sections), the private army of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP. This is a traditions ring and our old German jeweler made them as a commemorative of the mission of the Deutsches Freikorps. Of course, many of them were worn by ex-member and SA troopers. The ring is quite nice and made in the old 1920s fashion although produced in the mid to late 1930s. This is a very nice-looking skull ring.

PRICE: $225.00

 

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Book Rot Mord über München (Item FREI 1-4)

DESCRIPTION: The book Red Murder over Munich comprises 226 pages that chronicle the attempted Bolshevik takeover of Germany in the 1920s after WWI. It stands as a printed memorial to the bravery and loyalty of the men of the Freekorps battalions who effectively stopped this red monolith in its bloody tracks. The book has the stamp of the NSDAP Kampfbund Ortsgruppe Grosshadern in its front cover. The many pictures are really wonderful, especially the one of the Munich citizen sleeping in the window of the Ring Hotel with a bullet hole still in it from the day before. We will not go deeply into the reasons for the Putsches and the reactions. The murders from the left; the revenge of the right; the Freikorps, the advent of the Hitler NS revolution; it’s all here for the German reader. The pictures are great and they spell it out for the non-German reader. The pictures are very realistic; look at the noble face of the Freikorps leader Ritter von Epp on page 21. Look at the twisted criminal countenances of the communist leaders on page 36. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This book goes a long way to prove the point. It was a terrible time for Germany and it is fully documented here. It was a time of heroes; it was a time of murdering villains. It was the Kampfzeit for the rising NSDAP. It measures 7 x 9 inches and about 1 inch thick. It’s in excellent condition with fine, linen cover.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Freikorps Stickpin (Item FREI 1-5; PINS 5-22)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the stickpin for the Free Corps (Freebooters). Had it not been for these ex-soldiers for World War I the reds would have completely taken over Germany in the 1920s. They were sectioned off into the various districts of the fatherland and they fought bravely to save Germany from falling into the scourge of international communism. All sorts a WWI soldiers flocked to the several corps; the most famous being the Erhardt Brigade and the Freikorps von Epp Brigade. The most used badge of these brave veterans was a skull and cross bones. It was used in their helmets, insignia, vehicles, etc. Because of the vibrant patriot patriotism of these men it only followed that they would become the actual vanguard of the NSDAP and when the red menace was over, for the most part, these fighters swelled the ranks of the SA. Many of them who are officers later were admitted to the SS. This pin, when worn, commanded much respect, and the pride of the wearer was evidenced by the sheer size of it. The pin is more than a half-inch wide and long. This is one of the pieces manufactured by Herr Franz Schnell, whom we mention in our home page. You can read about him at About Our Rings and Silver Insignia. The skull is marked ‘800’ on its back standing for silver content. Schnell worked primarily in silver. This is a great-looking stickpin and is eminently important historically.

PRICE: $89.00

 

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Large Freikorps Stickpin (Item FREI 1-6; PINS 5-25)

DESCRIPTION: This is the largest stickpin we have even encountered. It’s the skull and crossed bones of the Freikorps; the former WWI soldiers who through their patriotism and professional military prowess saved Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s from being completely under the red heel of international communism. Their service to their sacred fatherland really officially began when they crushed the Marxist Spartacist League and brought about the execution of Karl Liebknectht and Rosa Luxemberg on January 15, 1919. Many of the leaders of the NSDAP were former Freikorps members to include Rudolf Hess, Ritter von Epp, Heydrich, and Himmler. The ranks of the SA were swelled with former Freikorps fighters. We feature another Freikorps stickpin at Item SA 11-10. That one is similar to this one. This particular item is much larger. The crossbones measure a little over 1 inch across and the pin is about 1 3/4 inches high from the top of the skull to the bottom of the bones. It is marked with the ‘800’ silver designation on the back. The pin was produced in the jewelry studio of Franz Schnell, who is the greatest exponent of silver jewelry in the Reich. See our narrative on Schnell at About Our Rings and Silver Insignia. This insignia would be worn by members of this tough warrior band when out of uniform and possibly even when the uniform was worn since the uniform for this corps was generally the member’s own World War I military uniform, and there never was an official one. In any case, this is a fierce- and dramatic-looking pin and commands respect for the wearer immediately. The German people were very grateful and thankful for these stalwarts that heeded their country’s call when she needed their help so desperately. This is a great collectible with great historical importance.

PRICE: $125.00

 

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Freikorps Wolf Flagpole Top (Item FREI 1-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very rare and exciting Free Corps find. The Werewolves were one of the elite groups of patriotic ex-soldiers of WWI frontline experience who formed to fight and eventually conquer the communist menace that threatened to take over Germany in the 1920s. Various homemade flags and standards were to be seen with factions of the Free Corps. Motifs that symbolized the esprit de corps of these freebooters often had foreboding motifs such as skulls and in this case the wolf or ‘werewolf.’ There was one Freikorps unit that was named Des Freikorps “Wolf.” It used a ravening wolf’s head as its insignia. Its fame as a fighting unit was as a machine-gun company. It undoubtedly had this carnivore as its flag as well. We suspect that this wolf flagpole top was the symbol of the machine-gun company and that it undoubtedly struck genuine terror in the cold hearts of the reds in those desperate days.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Commemorative Statue
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Artist's signature
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Freikorps in Munich
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Reds in Berlin
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The Kapp Putsch
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A Trueschwur badge from the N.S. period 1934
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Commemorative Bronze Statue Signifying Defiance and Loyalty (Item FREI 1-8, WWI 11-1 & ART 15-11)
DESCRIPTION: This is a bronze statue that is nothing sort of magnificent both in beauty and deep meaning. It is the classic Roman or Grecian artistic portrayal of the naked warrior who pledges in the traditional manner of a scared oath his faithfulness to his German Fatherland even in its total defeat. He gives the two fingered oath while cradling in his other arm the broken sword with some Latin words that are indistinguishable. He wears only the Stahlhelm (steel helmet). He obviously is representative of the heroes who fought for “Heilege Deutschland” and even more so he is the symbol of fidelity and defiance. The Bolsheviks and other Red criminals who tried to take over Germany after the end of WWI. In essence this could be called a Free Corps piece (Freikorps). The soldiers who joined together to put down the Communist revolutionary forces in the 1920’s and early 30’s most of these men after this heroic struggle that had succeeded, then joined the SA (Storm Abteilung”) and marched under the swastika for 12 years, many of them swelling the ranks of Hitler’s Wehrmacht. They were the stuff of “heroic saga.” Had they not joined together to do battle at this point in time, surely the Reds would have been completely successful in their bid to take over Germany and this would have been the major stepping stone to their conquest of all of Europe and who besides God would know what would be their next victory although it is not remembered by most people today We have these brave and valiant men for saving us from a fate worse than death but it also encompassed death “most foul” for millions of Christians who would have seen the inside of the gulags never to emerge again. The statue is in fine smooth bronze and stands 17 inches high including the plinth and marble base. The plinth has a legend across its front quarter, “Treuschwur” Figur Vom Kreigerdenkmal in Artern A. Kyffhauser Von Juckoff-Skopav. The word “Treuschwor”is the important one and this means, “oath of Loyalty”. This is one of the most dramatic pieces of 1920’s statuary that we have ever seen and it is in perfect condition. It has deep meaning to the historian who is by further definition a “Germanophile”. Very rare indeed but reasonably priced.

PRICE: SOLD

WERWOLF

German Version

English Translation

Freikorps Werwolf Flag
Werwolf Flag

This marvelous picture was sent to us from the photo archives of Mr.Robin
Lumsden in Scotland  What you see is the Werwolf flag that is described below
in actual use back in the late 20’s. Seldom is anything that is this profoundly
important found today with such period photo-provenance. Yes, WW II
military regimental flags and Deutschland Erwache standards will bring
higher prices, but they were made in the thousands.

Here we have, in all probability, the one and only example of the actual flag
of the infamous “Werwolf Verband,” the toughest of the Freikorps
fighters. It is our considered  perspective this is the most important
and prodigiously rare item ever to turn up and re-enter the world of
historical treasures for the advanced collector or museum.

 


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NS period streamer attachment
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The flag pole
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A hero of the Freikorps
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The Enemy
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Pint size Red
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The Freikorps
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Recruiting
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The Ultimate Freikorps Flag
 “The Werwolf Ensign” (Item FREI 1-10 & FLAG 1-8)

DESCRIPTION: This, in our estimation, is the most rare, exotic, historically important Germanic flag ever to be found. We are also convinced that this is a unique one of a kind item! The Werwolf  (in English "werewolf") were a small elite group of tough Freikorp fighters who were a part of the Heydebreck Freikorps. Hans Otto Von Heydebreck, who was called Peter Von Heydebrecht, born 30 June 1889, was a German Freikorps leader, and later a member of the Reichstag and a dedicated National Socialist. During the Red Revolution of November 1918, he founded the counter revolutionary Freikorps named after him. During the Third Silesian uprising in 1921, his troops were foremost in the re-conquest of the “low mountain” at the center of the Battle of Annaberg, gaining Von Heydebreck the epithet of “The Hero of the Annaberg.” This action was the great battle against the Poles in Oberschlesien. He wrote a book of his experiences named “We Werwolves.” This to us confirms that Werwolf was indeed part of Freikorps Heyderbreck. Information has come to us that this separate branch was officially founded in Halle in 1923 in much the same way that the SA formed the nucleus of the SS. The Werwolf emerged as the elite of the Freikorps. Some say that the Wehrbund Der Frontsoldaten was renamed the Werwolf. 

Background on the name is as follows: Werwolf is a term equivalent to the English werewolf. This would describe man into wolf or “Lycanthrope.” In a novel by that title written by Hermann Loens, there is a romanticized tale of Germanic partisans “Werewolves” in Northern Germany in the 1600’s. In the Hitler youth organization, the term Werwolf comes up repeatedly because it implies mystic properties in combative furor against Germanys enemies. It is historically noted that there was an attempt at the end of the war to call for all-out partisan anti-Allies and anti-“Volksverator” actions. Unfortunately, it never got anywhere. The German people were exhausted but had they any knowledge of what the Allies had in store for them and their leaders, things would have been quite different.  

The actions of the Werwolf Freikops in the 1920’s and early 30’s did however succeed in instilling justified fear in the hearts of their foes. Many corpses were dumped into landfills as the Werwolves plied their trade! I once had an old man who was a former Freikorp member of the Oberland Unit who worked as a carpenter for me. He said that it got so wearisome shooting those Reds and Spartacus revolutionists all day long up against the wall that his trigger finger got sore and his arm got tired from pulling the bolt handle repeatedly referring to the many hours spent as they executed these Communist terrorists. “Good work if you can get it!” The symbol of the Werwolf was the big red ‘W’ and the leering skull along with the Iron Cross. That along with a swastika was worn by so many of these tough fighters. Due to the combat experience of WWI they had absolutely no compunction about the effective dispatching of Germany’s enemies. It is of little wonder that the loyal HJ members, under the leadership of Obergruppenfuhrer Adolf Pruzmann, chose the name Werwolf for their clandestine guerrilla movement at the end of the Second World War.

The flag grouping includes the flag itself, the original pole that comes apart for storage, the finial or flag pole top, the leather carry strap used by the flag bearer when assigned to carry the proud flag of the "Verband" and incredibly 15 plaques that commemorate every parade and ceremonial exercise that the unit took part in. All of those plaques are permanently affixed to a half tubular brass fixture that attaches to the flag pole. It is attached to the bottom-most portion so that it shows up when the flag is set into a stand for display. These plaques are also very rare and collectable; bringing high prices at German military shows. Some are silver and some brass; each has the names of the various units that Werwolf marched with, many of them supplied Freikorp fighters in the past to Werwolf. Many of the plaques are wonderfully artistically good - some featuring iron crosses, an eagle helmet, etc. Again nothing from the early noble struggles has ever shown up that could compare in importance to this flag!

We cannot stress how prodigiously important this ensign truly is. Robert G. L. Waite wrote a book named “Vanguard of Nazism - The Free Corps Movement in Post War Germany 1918-1923."  The author keenly illustrated the pertinent facts that point out that not only did many of the Freikorps fighters go directly into the National Socialist party in several functions but the very essence of what the Freebooters were doing became the agenda of the anti-Communist Nazis. The spirit of the Freikorps, especially that of  the Werwolves, pervaded the early NSDAP and SA factions. The Skull, as seen on our Freikorps flag, was carried over to the  banners and flags of the SA Totenkopf brigade which was one of the earliest factions of the Strumabteliung. They were the units that even before the SS leibgarde were responsible for keeping order at NSDAP meetings and even breaking a few communist heads when the need arose. Notice in our attached picture this elite unit on the march. (This picture comes from Das Buch der NSDAP.)

Truly, it was the Spirit of the “Werwolf” and its black flag and skull that eventually passed on to the Schultzstaffel - The (SS). When in 1923, the Werwolf had disbanded as an actual combat unit engaged in battle, it became the veterans group named “Werwolf-bund Deutschen Manner und Frontkrieger” (Werewolf Organization of German Men and Front Line Soldiers).  As in the days of the Great War and the combat against Poles, bandits, Reds and Sparticists, this group still represented patriotism, honor, and ferocity against Germany’s foes even though most of them now wore the brown shirts of the SA. We can imagine no flag that can be more historically important than this one. It reminds us of Marshal Blucher’s flag that he raised at Waterloo when he proclaimed “Raise high the Black Flag my children - I will kill the first man who shows pity!”    

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Men of the Freikorps
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Freikorps march in victory (Berlin)
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Freikorp Werwolf Ring (Item FREI 1-11)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the ring that would be worn by the veterans of the elite Free Corps Werwolf. For more information about this organziation and the men who were in it, see the narrative about the Werwolf flag just above on this page. Herr Franz Schnell was granted a contract to make these rings in 1938 for the vets. Read our narrative on the home page entitled “About our rings and silver insignia.” This will inform you about Schnell and Son and how we were able to buy all of his 30’s and 40’s productions that he managed to hide away at the end of the war. The ring bears the skull insignia of Werwolf and the W for the group's logo. Iit has 835 as the silver content stamped inside the shank. It is a beautifully proportioned piece of jewelry and can be worn without stirring up too much controversy among the liberals and Baptists. But you personally will know that you wear that symbol that struck absolute and resounding fear in the black hearts of the Reds, Spartacus, and other undesirable street terrorists some 70 years ago. Actually we need them now! This is one of the most important pieces of jewelry of that turbulent era. You may not want to wear it but to keep it safely preserved as the historical treasure it is.  

PRICE: $350.00

 

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ReichsKreigsfahne ( Imperial War Flag) (Item FREI 1-12 & FLAG 3-12)

DESCRIPTION: This is the flag that fluttered over many a battlefield of WW1. It was the war flag that was flown by both the German Army and Navy although it was seen on ships of the Kaisereich fleet mostly. It is a beautiful ensign with its Iron Cross and the Imperial Hohenzollern eagle that signifies the armed forces of the German Kaiser. The example we offer here is stone mint. We believe it is an example made in the late 20’s or 30’s and used by the Freikorps or the Kreigerbund or Kyfhauser bund (Veterans Organizaitons). It possibly hung in a meeting hall or was used in the parades of these groups. The quality is very good but it does not have the rope running through the bunting edge that would be used in a fold that would attach to a flagpole. We don’t think it was meant to fly. It is large (80 x 47) and it is marked on the edge bunting with the German size 200 x 120.  A very dramatic looking banner and it was meant to be.  Here is a chance to obtain this beautiful Kreigsfahne and pay much less than an actual flag that would look like this would cost.  

PRICE: $550.00 

 

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