Here is an interesting photo of some Freikorps soldiers in Poland in September of 1939 (the city which can be seen in the photo is Katowice or maybe Bytom / other city?):Rian wrote:Some about german irregural formations (Freikorps and Selbschutz).
During fights on Silesia Freikorps receive heavy casualties. From polish forum odkrywca - in Michalkowice coal mine part of Freikorps Ebbinghaus - Kampfgruppe Pisarski - lost about 50 KIA (including commander). In Chorzów - probably about 60 KIA, in Katowice during fights between polish and german irregural formations - 174 Germans was killed.
Other fight was 1 sept. on "Orzeł Biały" coal mine in Piekary Śląskie. 5 Germans was killed. Next day on same city was killed 3 german saboteurs.
That's only few places where Freikorps fought.
Selbschutz was active mostly on territory of Pomerania (17667 members), Wielkopolska, Silesia, Lodz. German irregurals and saboteurs fought in Bydgoszcz 3-4 september.
First fights between polish army and german irregurals started few days before 1st september.
OdeB of FdGDA (Freikorps der Gewerkschaft Deutscher Arbeiter) in Silesia in 1939:
- Ortsgruppe Bielitz
- Ortsgruppe Kattowitz
- Ortsgruppe Rybnik
FdGDA in Silesia was created in May of 1939 on initiative of Rudolf Wiesner, director of national Jungdeutsche Partei.
Units of FdGDA were being organized by Hauptmann Fleck and Hauptmann Funk from Oberkommando der Wehrmacht. Their outpost was in Breslau / Wroclaw.
Main tasks of FdGDA units in Poland before the Polenfeldzug were:
- gathering weapons for "V Column"
- conducting military training of other saboteurs
- organizing provocations and sabotage actions
Main tasks of FdGDA units in Poland during the Polenfeldzug were:
- keeping "order" until the Wehrmacht units arive
- sabotage actions
- military actions against the Polish Army (main combats were: attack on Polish foundry "Zygmunt" in Bytom, attack on Polish power station in Chorzow and attack on Polish coal mine "Michal" in Michalkowice - each of these actions ended in a defeat for the Germans)
Freikorps is also responsible for war crimes on Polish civilians and POWs, such as murdering former Polish Silesian insurgents in Katowice on 04.09.1939.