Modern World History 8.4 Gun-Loving Guys

After WWI, a few Germans weren't quite done fighting. The Freikorps were formed, and trouble started brewing.

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paramilitary organizations made up of X soldiers X officers and ordinary German

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citizens with a thirst for violence because the size of the German army had [Sentence in article 160 highlighted]

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been restricted by the Treaty of Versailles the Heimat Republic used the

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Freikorps as supplemental troops during attempted revolutions in 1919 and 1920. It

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might be wondering why anyone would think that was a good idea well yeah [Man shrugging his shoulders]

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actually we're right there with you... these guys were thugs who didn't believe

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in much of anything they just wanted to hurt and kill people communists, [Freikorps soldiers by a tank]

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socialists, people protesting at the local school board meeting all of them

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were fair game well by the mid 1920s the Freikorps had fallen out of favor with

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the German government because duh they never should have been in favor in the

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first place... These groups of vicious dudes were disbanded but there's always

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[Freikorps stamped with disbanded and Hitler appears] someone somewhere in need of muscle would you like to take a guess where a

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lot of these guys ended up just like many other Germans the members of the

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Freikorps blamed the allies and their wretched Treaty of Versailles for

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Germany's complete economic implosion they also blamed communism for Germany's [Franz von Papen giving a speech]

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defeat in World War One oh and they didn't like Jews who the Freikorps hated

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didn't necessarily make sense what mattered was that they hated and they

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hated hard and hey there was a political party in post-world War one Germany that [Hitler with Freikorps troops

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was perfectly happy to cater to haters