whole: the main image is positioned in the upper half, with two smaller images positioned in the upper right, centre and
centre right. The title is integrated and positioned along the top edge, in red gothic script. The text is separate and occupies the lower
half, in red and black. All held within a black border and set against a white background.
image: a shoulder-length depiction of a shouting German 'Freikorps' soldier, surrounded by black storm clouds. The smaller images are a
depiction of a line of German soldiers, several of whom raise bayonets or their left arm in the air, and a regimental
G. K. S K.
Meldet Euch zum
Gard. Kav. Sch. Korps
Standort: Berlin und Umgegend
Bln. Friedenau Rheingaustr. 7 Berlin Zimmerstr. G2
Berlin Flottwellstr. 3 Berlin Luisenstr. 31a
ERNST JANETZKE. BERLIN S. 42
[Comrades. G. K. S K. Report to the Küntzel Detachment, Horse Guards Defence Corps. Stationed in: Berlin and surrounding district.
Recruiting Offices: Berlin [address].]
The 'Freikorps' were formed in Germany in late 1918 predominantly recruiting from unsettled, often disaffected, First
World War army veterans. They were also joined by students and adventure-seekers with right-wing, nationalist tendencies.
Acting as an auxiliary police force they were assigned to maintain order by the new post-war republican government in Germany. Yet, many
units proved little more than violent private armies, answerable to none but their commanders as they sought to crush communist-inspired
civil unrest. Nevertheless the ruling SDP viewed them as a necessary evil and ordered them to suppress left-wing insurrection in Berlin,
the Ruhr and Munich, as well as to fight in the disputed territory of Upper Silesia.
The more moderate units were eventually merged into the newly formed 'Reichswehr' in 1920. Whereas radical elements went underground, with
some taking part in the Nazi party's 'Munich Putsch' of 1923. Although the failure of the coup brought an end to the 'Freikorps' units,
many of its members formed 'Sturm Abteilung' (SA) to serve under the Nazi's. Others joined veteran's organisations, such as
The Second World War was the most destructive conflict in human history. Years of international tension and aggressive expansion by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany culminated in the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.