4th Division (Reichswehr)

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The 4th Division was a unit of the Reichswehr.


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 4th Division was formed in January 1921 out of the Reichswehr-Brigaden 12, 16 and 19, all part of the former Übergangsheer (Transition Army).

It consisted of 3 infantry regiments: the 10th and 11th (Saxonian) Infantry Regiments, and the 12th Infantry Regiment. It also included an artillery regiment, an engineering battalion, a signals battalion, a transportation battalion and a medical battalion. It was subordinated to Gruppenkommando 1.

The commander of the Wehrkreis IV was simultaneously the commander of the 4th Division. Its commanders were:

  • General of the Infantry Paulus von Stolzmann 1 October 1920 - 16 June 1921
  • Generalleutnant Alfred Müller 16 June 1921 - 29 October 1925
  • General of the Infantry Richard von Pawelsz 29 October 1925 - 1 June 1926
  • General of the Infantry Erich Wöllwarth 1 June 1926 - 1 January 1929
  • General of the Infantry Edwin von Stülpnagel 1 January 1929 - 1 November 1931
  • Generalleutnant Curt Freiherr von Gienanth 1 November 1931 - 30 September 1933

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.


The divisional headquarters was in Dresden.