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The Free State of Lippe (German: Freistaat Lippe) was a German state formed after the Principality of Lippe was abolished following the German Revolution of 1918.

Free State of Lippe
Freistaat Lippe
State of Germany

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Lippe
Lippe within Germany at the time of the Weimar Republic.
Capital Detmold
Government Republic
 •  1918–1920 Clemens Becker
 •  1920–1933 Heinrich Drake
 •  1933 Ernst Krappe
 •  1933–1936 Hans-Joachim Riecke
 •  1936–1945 Alfred Meyer
 •  1945–1947 Heinrich Drake
Historical era Interwar period
 •  Established 9 November 1918
 •  Incorporation into North Rhine-Westphalia 21 January 1947
 •  1939 1,215.2 km2 (469 sq mi)
 •  1939 188,598 
Density 155.2 /km2  (402 /sq mi)

After the end of World War II and Nazi regime, Lippe was restored. This autonomy ended in January 1947, when the Control Commission for Germany - British Element (CCG/BE) incorporated Lippe into the new German state of North Rhine-Westphalia created three months earlier. The British established a number of military bases in North Rhine-Westphalia, of which Detmold (HQ and units of 20th Armoured Brigade) and Lemgo (infantry battalion barracks) were located within the former boundaries of the Free State of Lippe.

Map showing Free State of Lippe in 1923–1946.
Map showing Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe.

Coordinates: 51°56′10″N 8°52′41″E / 51.936182°N 8.877962°E / 51.936182; 8.877962