Volunteers
(916 words)

Volunteers

In the strict sense volunteers were men who enlisted in the wake of mobilization without having been liable for military duty or without having been previously called up as draftees. In Germany these could include men who were either too young or too old to be drafted (under 18 or over 45), but also those men who were of an age to be drafted but had not yet received a draft notice. Volunteers were also all those who voluntarily enlisted in the further course of the war.

After the beginning of the war, reports of an enormously high number of volunteers (between one and tw…

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Ziemann, Benjamin, “Volunteers”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0615>
First published online: 2015



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