The Freikorps Werdenfels was formed on 21 April 1919 at Garmish-Partenkirchen. It saw action in Munich and the Ruhr.


Major Ritter von Reiss

Formed in the area of


Manpower strength


Notable members

- None known at this time -
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)


All the soldiers in this unit wore Bavarian costume.

Members of this unit wore an armband in the colors of Bavaria (the top half in white, the lower half in light blue) with the inscription Freikorps “Werdenfels” on the top half. The badge of the Bayerisches Schützenkorps/Freikorps Epp was worn in the center of the band. (A less elaborate version without the inscription and bearing only a black diamond in the center was also worn.)

Soldiers of Freikorps Werdenfels entering Munich

Sources used

Carlos Caballero Jurado - The German Freikorps 1918-1923
Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939
Charles Woolley - German Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment 1918-1923

Reference material on this unit

Josef Ostler - Revolutionszeit 1918/19 im Bezirk Garmisch