German 1919 Revolution Munich Freikorps Graf Anton Arco Valley Eisner Assassin RPPC
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Item #:87331
FrankingUnused
Price$50.00
A Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) photograph of Graf Anton Arco-Valley, commander of Freikorps unit fighting in Munich, and the assassin who killed Kurt Eisner, first leader of the Bavaria communist 'Republic' in the Spartakus revolutions in 1919, part of the violent Strassenkampf or 'street battles' that took place between the left wing Spartakists / Communists and the center-right (Socialists, Imperialists, and Freikorps in an uneasy alliance) as both sides attempted to seize power. After early Communist victories the Socialist-Right Wing coalition (led by Friedrich Ebert) eventually won. Later, though, many of those same Freikorps soldiers turned on the Republic they helped found, yet despised, and joined the SA, where their street muscle was used by a certain Austrian corporal to propel himself into power.

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