The Stab-in-the-Back Myth

German prisoners of war in captivity at the end of the war. Notice how ragged downtrodden they appear. This is indicative of the general state of the German Army by the end of the fighting in 1918.  

A line of woman jostle for position in a bread rationing line sometime during the war. 

This photo was taken on the same day as the above photo and features the soldiers marching through the Brandenburg Gate which can bee seen in the background of the above photo. 

This photo is of a German Army unit returning to Berlin in December of 1918. Notice how the soldiers appear somewhat ragged and show signs of fatigue ex. they are holding their rifles as if they are too heavy to carry proudly etc. 

This postcard features the return of a unit of the Bavarian Army to Munich in late 1918. Notice how the soldiers appear to show signs of being in combat with some of them appearing to be quite ragged. 

After the First World War it was very common to memorialize those who had died from each town. This monument was erected in 1923 in the city of Schwerin for Landwehrregiment 76. The utilization of the stab-in-the-back motif is obviously illustrated by the soldier holding his back as if stabbed by a knife. 

This page features numerous general photographs which did not appear in the edited volume. 

The troops return home. Ebert can be seen greeting them on the left.