After the armistice was signed on November 11th, ending World War I, German armies retreated and were demobilized quickly and in a disciplined manner under the guidance of Paul von Hindenburg. To quell potential revolutionary tendencies within the army and to maintain patriotic feelings, soldiers' councils were formed.
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Kameraden! Willkommen in der Heimat, Leo Baeck Institute, r (f) DD 232.5 A7 1963 [II.1].