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The Stahlhelm (German for "Steel Helmet") was one of the many paramilitary Freikorps organizations that arose after the defeat of World War I in the Weimar Republic.

Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten (German "Steel Helmet, League of Front Soldiers") was founded in the end of 1918 partly by Franz Seldte [?] in the city of Magdeburg. The organization was a accumulation point for nationalistic and anti-Weimar Republic elements. Stahlhelm with it's 500.000 thousand members 1930 was the biggest Freikorps organization.

Stahlhelm joined 1929 the Volksentscheid gegen den Young-Plan[?] to demonstrate against the young plan[?]. 1931 joined Stahlhelm together with DNVP[?], NSDAP and Alldeutscher Verband[?] the Harzburger Front[?], which was a united right-wing front against the Weimar Republic.

Stahlhelm was 1934 integrated into the Sturmabteilung and 1935 dissolved.

External link

DHM Museum Page (German) (http://www.dhm.de/lemo/html/weimar/gewalt/stahlhelm/)

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