(Generalkommando zbV 53)
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
|Engagements||World War I|
The 53rd Corps (z.b.V.) was formed in September 1916. With the onset of trench warfare, the German Army recognised that it was no longer possible to maintain the traditional Corps unit, that is, one made up of two divisions. Whereas at some times (and in some places) a Corps of two divisions was sufficient, at other times 5 or 6 divisions were necessary. Therefore, under the Hindenburg regime (from summer 1916), new Corps headquarters were created without organic divisions. These new Corps were designated General Commands for Special Use (German language: Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung).
|Generalleutnant Konstanz von Heineccius||31 August 1916||8 March 1917|
|General der Kavallerie Manfred von Richthofen||8 March 1917||18 January 1918|
|Generalleutnant Leo Limbourg||18 January 1918||end of the war|
- Cron 2002, pp. 88–89
- Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
- General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- Cron 2002, p. 87
- "The Prussian Machine, GenKdo". http://home.comcast.net/~jcviser/army/genkdo.htm. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "German War History". http://www.deutsche-kriegsgeschichte.de/akrkgk.html. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Von Richthofen took command on 8 March 1917 according to The Prussian Machine, but 18 November 1916 according to German War History.
- 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.
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