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from the Depression Years

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  • Munich
  • H. Esser, 33" x 23"
  • 1930


Comrades of the former Royal Bavarian Army!

Free Corps fighters of the Bavarian Militia

This poster contains a lengthy appeal by Franz von Epp, former Lieutenant General in the Royal Bavarian Army and a prominent leader of the Free Corps unit which "liberated" Munich from the Soviets in 1919. Although he remained neutral during Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, he soon joined the SA and became its Bavarian leader in 1926. He joined the NSDAP in 1928 and served as a member of the Reichstag thereafter.

This appeal, which bears the tradition blue and white symbol of Bavaria along its left border and a Free Corps helmet (also in blue) at the bottom, was drafted for the campaign for elections to the Bavarian parliament (called Landtag) scheduled for 24 April 1931.

A translation of the complete text can be found by clicking here.

In summary, Epp accuses the Social Democrats, the liberals and Catholics of selling out Germany, a process in which they were joined by the Bavarian People's Party. Instead of representing Bavaria, Epp charges that this party had betrayed Bavarian interests and was part of the "SYSTEM" -- the Nazi code word for everything destructive of German values. Only the election of the National Socialists, Epp concludes, can restore Germany's financial, military, and moral values.

Building upon the remarkably strong showing of the NSDAP in the Reichstag election of 1930, Epp calls upon Bavarians to become the front fighters of the new Germany.

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