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Post by Peter H » 15 Jul 2004 10:08

No reply so here's the answer--Miss Molino von Kluck with her grandfather General von Kluck.Unfortunately Miss Kluck's movie career was unsuccessful with the 1929 crash depleting movie funding in Germany.

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Post by Peter H » 01 Aug 2004 11:41

Getting this moving again--

Which Freikorps unit did Rudolf Hess serve in?

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Post by VJK » 01 Aug 2004 17:12

Hi Peter!

Hess served in Franz Ritter von Epp's Freikorps Epp.

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Post by Peter H » 02 Aug 2004 10:00

VJK,
Correct,Hess served with Epp's unit from the 7th May-15th October 1919.He was said to have also been an unofficial member of this unit when slightly wounded in Munich on the 1st May 1919.However Carlos Jurado's The German Freikorps 1918-23 shows a photo of Hess with the caption "men of Volkswehr Regiment Regensburg",so he might have been with this Freikorps pre 7th May as well.

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Post by VJK » 02 Aug 2004 14:11

Hi!

Keeping on this theme, which Freikorps did Martin Bormann serve in?

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Post by walterkaschner » 02 Aug 2004 16:50

Too easy!! Bormann was a Section leader of the Rossbach Freikorps.

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Post by VJK » 02 Aug 2004 17:08

Hi!

Sorry for making it so easy, I'll try to do better next time. :lol:

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Post by walterkaschner » 04 Aug 2004 02:40

This may (or may not) be a tough one.

A holder of the Blue Max, he was commander of the 25th Guards Regiment at the end of WW I. In late December 1918 he was appointed Military Commander of Berlin to succeed Otto Wels, who, after being beaten by the Spartacists and held prisoner under threat of death, promptly resigned from that office. Upon finding that he had no reliable troops whatsoever at his command, our man believed himself to be a "Strohpuppe" (strawdoll) and proceeded quickly to organize a Freikorps for the defense of certain key points in the capital.

His eponymous Freikorps was crucial to the defeat of the Spartacus rising in early January and again in March 1919, and was ultimately absorbed into the Reichwehr, whereupon its commander retired to his West Prussian estate and proceeded to organize another Freikorps under his name, which was active in Upper Silesia.

Who was he and what was his principal role during the Third Reich ?

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Post by VJK » 04 Aug 2004 15:47

Hi!

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Reinhard. Later became SS Obergruppenführer and Reichsführer des NS Deutschen Reichskriegerbundes.

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Post by walterkaschner » 04 Aug 2004 21:55

Right on target VJK - and I thought this might have been a tough one!!

Over to you.

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Post by VJK » 05 Aug 2004 14:55

Hi!

Continuing with the Freikorps theme, which Freikorps became Infanterie Reg. 10 in the Reichswehr, and who was its commander?

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Post by Durand » 05 Aug 2004 22:13

Hallo,

I believe that the unit was the 1. Sachsische Grenzjägerbrigade under the command of General Erich Frhr. von Oldershausen.

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Post by VJK » 06 Aug 2004 07:37

Hi Durand!

Correct on all counts! :D

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Post by Durand » 06 Aug 2004 13:25

Hallo,

The Disconto Bank on the Wittenbergplatz in Berlin was broken into and robbed on January 28, 1929. The robbers cut a hole though the ceiling of the safe deposit room thereby gaining access to a great deal of jewelry and coins. These master criminals were well known to the police and to the public. Fritz Lang, the film director, modeled the office break-in scene in the movie "M" on this event. They were held for a time, but released after a lengthy police inquiry found little or no evidence to link the men to the crime. They celebrated their release publicly with their attorney at a news conference where they toasted the ineptitude of local crime fighters with a bottle of champagne.

In a later caper, they tunneled from a cemetery into the basement vault of another bank. After taking what they wanted, they hid their ill-gotten gains in varous graves. When they ran out of money, they would return to one of the graves to retrieve some more of the loot. They were caught for this crime and sentenced to time in prison. They escaped and ran to Denmark, where they were captured by Danish authorities. Upon their return to Germany Himmler took an interest in the case and had them transferred to Sachsenhausen for immediate execution. Rudolph Höss, then adjutant at the camp, read the order of execution to them and gave the order to "fire". (The reference to Höss was included in order to preserve the Freikorps theme :wink: )

What were the names of these two notorious master criminals?

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Post by Durand » 08 Aug 2004 12:58

Hallo,

An additional hint: A German film portraying the lives of these two men was made in 2001. Their on-screen versions were played by Jürgen Vogel and Ben Becker.

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