Uncommon Freikorps and Bund badges
Here are two scarce badges associated with the Freikorps and the German-American Bund. The tinnie commemorates the dedication in 1934 of the FK Lichtschlag/Lowenfeld monument in Dorsten, Germany. The monument itself underwent an interesting transformation. After the war it was chucked into a river by British soldiers, and was subsequently salvaged in 1949 for use as a prisoner of war memorial.
German-American Bund artifacts are harder to find than German volunteers for the Russian front in 1943. The only one I've come across in years of collecting is this 1937 pinback button for Gautag Ost in New York. Folllowing the German model, the Bund organized itself territorially into Gaue, of which there were three: Ost, West, and Midwest. Gau Ost would have included Camp Siegfried, which was located about 70 miles east of New York City in the town of Yaphank on Long Island. The camp is still there, byt he way, only the name has been changed to Seigfried Park.
Regards to all, Uncle Paul
01-18-2012 03:54 PM
Re: Uncommon Freikorps and Bund badges
Thanks for showing, interesting items - have a freind who lives close to camp "Nordland"near Sparta NJ, he has a few items in his collection.
Last edited by Horst; 01-18-2012 at 05:02 PM.
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