von Epp

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Post by sylvieK4 » 07 Mar 2003 14:38

von Epp on horseback at the bottom of the photo. Reichsparteitag 1935.

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Post by Peter H » 09 Mar 2003 12:38

von Epp,left,inspecting his Freikorps.
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Post by Kokampf » 12 Mar 2003 13:51

Moulded wrote:von Epp,left,inspecting his Freikorps.


Very fine picture!

The round brass lion's head on the diamond-shaped black patch on the upper left arm of these Freikorpsmanner is indeed the badge of the Bayerisches Schützenkorps (Freikorps von Epp). The gentleman with the MP18 submachine-gun also has a WW1 MG qualification badge directly below his von Epp patch, and may well be the model for the colour plate of a member of this unit in Carlos Caballero Jurado's Osprey Elite book on the Freikorps.

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Post by Kokampf » 12 Mar 2003 13:53

The smattering of medal ribbons on the men in the picture, the somewhat informal bearing (and rough and ready appearance), light personal equipment and the lack of Y-straps supporting the mens' belts (bread bag straps were sometimes a substitute, as also seen here on some of the soldiers) are all very characteristic of Freikorps troops.

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