Cavalry Corps Schmettow (German Empire)
|Cavalry Corps Schmettow
65th Corps (z.b.V.)
German cavalry entering Bucharest on 6 December 1916
Cavalry Corps Schmettow
By August 1916, the four existing Cavalry Commanders (I, III, V and VI Cavalry Corps) had been assigned sectors of the Eastern Front and thus took on the functions similar to a normal Corps and had been reorganised in a similar fashion. Therefore, for the Romanian Campaign, none of the existing Cavalry Corps were brought in. Instead, a new temporary Cavalry Corps was set up in Transylvannia - Cavalry Corps "Schmettow" - under the command of Generalleutnant Eberhard Graf von Schmettow. It was formed with:
- 51st Honvéd Infantry Division (Austria-Hungary)
- 3rd Cavalry Division
- 1st Cavalry Division (Austria-Hungary)
65th Corps (z.b.V.) was formed on 11 January 1917 by the redesignation of Cavalry Corps "Schmettow". As the need for large mounted cavalry formations diminished as the war went on, the existing Cavalry Corps increasingly took on the characteristics of a normal Corps Command. This culminated in them being redesignated as "General Commands for Special Use" Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.).
- German Army (German Empire)
- German Army order of battle, Western Front (1918)
- German cavalry in World War I
- Cron 2002, p. 95
- Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 194
- General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 187
- The Prussian Machine, GenKdo Accessed: 20 May 2012
- German War History Accessed: 20 May 2012
- 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.