The Deutsche Legion was formed ob 25 August 1919 in Mitau from 2. Infanterie-Brigade, parts of 1. Garde-Reserve-Division and Germans from the Baltische Landeswehr. It served under the Freiwillige Russische Westarmee commanded by Colonel Prince Pavel Avalov-Bermondt.
The legion was disbanded 18 December 1919 after returning to Germany.

Commanders

Charakter als Kapitän zur See z.D. Paul Siewert (1)
Hauptmann Otto Wagener

Formed in the area of

Kurland and Litauen

Order of battle (25 Oct 1919)

(Generalstabs-Offizier: Hauptmann Otto Wagener)
Stabskompanie
Nachrichten-Kompanie Worter
Melderreiterzug (mounted)
Infanterie-Kommandeur: Major Götze
- Badisches Sturm-Bataillon
- MG-Scharfschützen-Abteilung Damm
- Regiment Baltenland
- Detachement von Weickhmann
- Abteilung von Jena
- Detachement von Brandis
- Abteilung von Medem (also Freikorps von Medem)
- Detachement Stever
Kavallerie-Eskadron von Brandis
Kavallerie-Eskadron Baltenland
Kavallerie-Eskadron von Weickhmann
Artillerie-Kommandeur: Major Mielentz
- (Artillerie-Abteilung) von Medem (2 x batteries, unnumbered)
- (Artillerie-Abteilung) von Brandis (1.-3.)
- (Artillerie-Abteilung) Stever (1.-3.)
- (Artillerie-Abteilung) von Weickhmann (1.-3.)
- (Artillerie-Abteilung) von Jena (3 x batteries, unnumbered)
- Batterie Schröder
2. Flieger-Division
Kraftwagen-Kolonne (3 x trucks)
P.K. 1
P.K. 2
Proviant-Amt
Feldintendantur
Panzerzug Siewert
Gendarmerie-Abteilung (mounted)
Feldpost der Deutsche Legion
Feldpost 3075
Feldbäckerie-Kolonne 311

Order of battle (unknown date)

1. Legionsregiment
2. Legionsregiment
3. Legionsregiment
4. Legionsregiment

Notable members

Generalleutnant Alfred Kurz
SA-Oberführer Walter von Medem
Albert Schlageter
Generalmajor z.V. & SA-Gruppenführer Dr. phil. h.c. Otto Wagener
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)

Footnotes

1. Paul Siewert was killed on 16 November 1919.

Sources used

Verkuilen Ager - Awards of the German Freikorps 1919-1935
David Littlejohn - Who was Albert Schlageter? (in The Military Advisor, Vol 4 No 4)
Nigel Jones - The birth of the Nazis: How the Freikorps blazed a trail for Hitler
Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939
Robert G. L. Waite - Vanguard of Nazism: The Free Corps Movement in Postwar Germany 1918-1923

Reference material on this unit

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