6th Division (Reichswehr)

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The 6th Division was a unit of the Reichswehr.

Creation[edit]

In the Order of 31 July 1920 for the Reduction of the Army (to comply with the upper limits on the size of the military contained in the Treaty of Versailles), it was determined that in every Wehrkreis (military district) a division would be established by 1 October 1920. The 6th Division was formed in January 1921 out of the Reichswehr-Brigaden 7 and 10, both part of the former Übergangsheer (Transition Army).

It consisted of 3 infantry regiments, the 16th, 17th and 18th Infantry Regiments. It also included the 6th (Prussian) Artillery Regiment, an engineering battalion, a signals battalion, a transportation battalion and a medical battalion. It was subordinated to Gruppenkommando 2.

The commander of the Wehrkreis VI was simultaneously the commander of the 6th Division. Its commanders were:

  • General of the Infantry Friedrich von Lossberg 1 October 1920 - 1 January 1925
  • General of the Infantry Leopold Freiherr von Ledebur 1 January 1925 - 28 February 1928
  • General of the Artillery Max Föhrenbach 1 March 1928 - 1 May 1931
  • Generalleutnant Wolfgang Fleck 1 May 1931 - 30 September 1934

The unit ceased to exist as such after October 1934, and its subordinate units were transferred to the 21 Divisions newly created in that year.

Garrisons[edit]

The divisional headquarters was in Münster.

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