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Freikorps Troops Outlawed by Weimar Government

Freikorps in Munich, Germany

Due to Allied pressure, all Freikorps ("Free Corps") units in Germany are outlawed by the Weimar government. The Weimar government had stopped paying Freikorps units the previous year, but some Allied leaders are worried about the existence of so many armed, right-wing private armies on German soil.

Despite the legal ban, many will remain in operation while others are folded into other private paramilitary organizations — like the SA of the Nazi Party. The term Freikorps dates back to the 18th century; in post-war Weimar Germany it refers to paramilitary organizations made up of German veterans who are disaffected and disconnected from civilian life.

Some Freikorps members are simply looking for the stability and order they knew during life in the military. Others are angry and the political changes in Weimar Germany and are looking for a fight. Many of the latter are used by the government and right-wing leaders to put down communist uprisings.

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