5th Cavalry Division (German Empire)

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5th Cavalry Division
(5. Kavallerie-Division)
Stab einer Division.svg
Flag of the Staff of a Division (1871–1918)
Active 2 August 1914 – 27 February 1918
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Size Approximately 5,000 (on mobilisation)
Engagements World War I
Disbanded 27 February 1918

The 5th Cavalry Division (5. Kavallerie-Division) was a unit of the German Army in World War I. The division was formed on the mobilization of the German Army in August 1914. The division was dissolved in February 1918.

Combat chronicle[edit]

It was initially assigned to I Cavalry Corps, which preceded the 3rd Army on the Western Front. In October 1914, it was transfeered to the Eastern Front. From 14 July 1915 to 1 September 1915, it was designated as Cavalry Corps Hendebreck. It was dismounted in October 1916 and dissolved on 27 February 1918.[1]

A more detailed combat chronicle can be found at the German-language version of this article.

Order of Battle on mobilisation[edit]

On formation, in August 1914, the component units of the division were:[2]

See: Table of Organisation and Equipment

Changes in organization[edit]

  • 9th Cavalry Brigade became independent on 26 December 1916
  • 11th Cavalry Brigade joined Guard Cavalry Division on 23 March 1918
  • 12th Cavalry Brigade became independent on 20 February 1918

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 126
  2. ^ Cron 2002, p. 299
  3. ^ War Ministry of 11 December 1916, No 847: was changed into a field artillery abteilung; Cron 2002, p. 139

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cron, Hermann (2002). Imperial German Army 1914–18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle [first published: 1937]. Helion & Co. ISBN 1-874622-70-1. 
  • Ellis, John; Cox, Michael (1993). The World War I Databook. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85410-766-6.