The Freikorps Bayreuth was used to form Reichswehr-Brigade 23.

Formed in the area of

Generalkommando III. bayerisches Armeekorps (Freistaat Bayern)

Notable members

Reichstag deputy & Gauleiter Hans Schemm
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)


Members of this unit wore a cloth chevron in the colors of Bavaria (white and light blue) as an arm badge. The letter “H” within a circle surrounded by the inscription FREIKORPS BAYREUTH appeared at the base of the chevron.

Of note, members of Freikorps Bayreuth wore French M1915 Adrian helmets, painted dark grey, with the front crest removed.

Sources used

Carlos Caballero Jurado - The German Freikorps 1918-1923
Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939
Robert G. L. Waite - Vanguard of Nazism: The Free Corps Movement in Postwar Germany 1918-1923

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -