Bavarian Cavalry Division

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Bavarian Cavalry Division
(Bayerische Kavallerie-Division)
Stab einer Division.svg
Flag of the Staff of a Division (1871–1918)
Active 2 August 1914-1919
Country  Bavaria /  German Empire
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Size Approximately 5,000 (on mobilisation)
Engagements World War I
Disbanded 1919

The Bavarian Cavalry Division (Bayerische Kavallerie-Division) was a unit of the Royal Bavarian Army, part of the German Army, in World War I.[a] The division was formed on the mobilization of the German Army in August 1914. The division was disbanded in 1919, during the demobilization of the German Army after World War I. The division was raised and recruited in Bavaria.

Combat chronicle[edit]

The division was formed on mobilization for World War I on 2 August 1914. It was assigned to III Cavalry Corps, which preceded 6th Army on the Western Front. Between November 1914 and January 1915, the division took part in occupation duties in Belgium. After a period of training in Germany, it transferred to the Russian Front from April 1915 to November 1917, when it moved to Romania. In April 1918, the division moved to the Ukraine / Crimea.[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

Late World War I organization[edit]

From 25 November 1917 to 21 March 1918, the division was without any cavalry; and from 20 April 1918, it only had two Cavalry Brigades.[3]

  • 4th Bavarian Cavalry Brigade became independent on 3 July 1917

Allied Intelligence rated the Division as 4th Class (of 4).[4] The organisation in 1918 was:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From the late 1800s, the Prussian Army was effectively the German Army as, during the period of German unification (1866-1871), the states of the German Empire entered into conventions with Prussia regarding their armies. Only the Bavarian Army remained fully autonomous and came under Prussian control only during wartime.
  2. ^ Landsturm Infantry Battalion Glatz (VI/9) was raised in the town of Glatz, Lower Silesia; it was the 9th Landsturm Infantry Battalion from the VI Corps District.


  1. ^ Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 126
  2. ^ Cron 2002, p. 301
  3. ^ Cron 2002, p. 105
  4. ^ AEF GHQ 1920, p. 12
  5. ^ War Office 1995, p. 230


  • 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. 
  • Histories of Two Hundred and Fifty-One Divisions of the German Army which Participated in the War (1914-1918), compiled from records of Intelligence section of the General Staff, American Expeditionary Forces, at General Headquarters, Chaumont, France 1919. The London Stamp Exchange Ltd (1989). 1920. ISBN 0-948130-87-3. 
  • The German Forces in the Field; 7th Revision, 11th November 1918; Compiled by the General Staff, War Office. Imperial War Museum, London and The Battery Press, Inc (1995). 1918. ISBN 1-870423-95-X.