VI Cavalry Corps (German Empire)

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VI Cavalry Corps
(Höhere Kavallerie-Kommando Nr 6)
Higher Cavalry Command No. 6
Stab eines Generalkommandos.svg
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
Active June 1915-1919
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Engagements World War I
Disbanded 1919

The VI Cavalry Corps (German: Höhere Kavallerie-Kommando 6 / HKK 6 literally: Higher Cavalry Command 6) was a formation of the German Army in World War I.

VI Cavalry Corps[edit]

During the Courland Offensive a wide gap opened between the Army of the Niemen and 10th Army. Set up by the 10th Army as a temporary Cavalry Corps. Established 18 August 1915. Redesignated 20 November 1916 as 59th Corps (z.b.V.).[1][2]

59th Corps[edit]

59th Corps (z.b.V.)[3] was formed on 20 November 1916 by the redesignation of VI Cavalry Corps.[4] 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.).

By the end of the war, the Corps was serving on the Western Front as part of Armee-Abteilung A with the following composition:[5]

Commanders[edit]

VI Cavalry Corps / 59th Corps had the following commanders during its existence:[6][7][8]

Commander From To
General der Kavallerie Otto von Garnier 18 August 1915 3 September 1916
Generalleutnant Hermann Brecht 3 September 1916 2 November 1917
Generalleutnant Erich von Redern 2 November 1917 end of war

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
  2. ^ Cron 2002, p. 95
  3. ^ Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
  4. ^ Cron 2002, p. 89
  5. ^ Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 187
  6. ^ The Prussian Machine, HKK Accessed: 20 May 2012
  7. ^ The Prussian Machine, GenKdo Accessed: 20 May 2012
  8. ^ German War History Accessed: 20 May 2012

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.