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  • 1919

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The Reichswehr

This Bavarian poster seeks recruits to join the Bavarian division of the German Army [Reichswehr is literally "arms of the Reich"].

This powerful graphic is clearly taken over from World War One posters especially the famous "I want You" British poster featuring Lord Kitchner. Here, out a black background, a soldier directly confronts the audience.

Significantly, the poster supports joining the BAVARIAN section, under Major General Wöhl. Throughout these troubled days, with the Weimar Assembly still debating a constitution for Germany, many groups in Munich were suggesting the possibility that Bavaria should become an independent state -- perhaps in the process avoiding the punitive peace which rumors suggested the Allies were preparing.


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