Monday, August 5, 2013

The German Freikorps 1918-23


Author: Carlos Jurado
Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro

Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK
First published: 2001
64 pages; 65 photographs; 10 illustrations; 2 tables; 2 maps
Contents: 1918: The Empires Crumble; The German Revolution; 1919: Civil War; Border Warfare; 1920: Against the Republic; 1921: Upper Silesia; 1922-23; The Freikorps Examined; Bibliography; The Plates; Index
     The book's structure follows the standard pattern for Osprey Publishing's Elite series. Chapters are short and melded into one another providing for a swift read. The photographs are an uneven mixture of low, medium , and high quality, most are in the medium range. The illustrations are of the usual high standard as evident by the example on the book's cover.      
     The author provides a fair overview of the core subject matter. All pertinent topics are touched upon: politics, economics, and military. As typical with Osprey's Elite and Men-at-Arms series books, organization and uniforms are the central point in the book. These elements are most critical to the wargamer. Unit insignias are also covered, and quite pleasantly a good number are included.
     With so few (less than a dozen) books on the German Freikorps available in english, it would seem a basic requirement to purchase a copy of this book. If you don't own a copy already, I must ask you, "why not?"

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