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5th Cavalry Division
(5. Kavallerie-Division)
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Active 2 August 1914 – 27 February 1918
Disbanded 27 February 1918
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Size Approximately 5,000 (on mobilisation)
Engagements World War I

The 5th Cavalry Division (5. Kavallerie-Division) was a unit of the German Army in World War I. The division was formed on mobilization of the German Army in August 1914. The division was dissolved in February 1918.

Combat chronicle

Initially assigned to I Cavalry Corps preceding 3rd Army on the Western Front until October 1914, then to the Eastern Front. From 14 July 1915 to 1 September 1915 designated as Cavalry Corps Hendebreck. From October 1916 dismounted. Dissolved on 27 February 1918.[1]

A more detailed combat chronicle can be found at the German-language version of this article.

Order of Battle on mobilisation

On formation, in August 1914, the component units of the division were:[2]

  • 9th Cavalry Brigade (from V Corps District)
    • 4th (1st Silesian) Dragoons "von Bredow"
    • 10th (Posen) Uhlans "Prince August of Württemberg"
  • 11th Cavalry Brigade (from VI Corps District)
  • 12th Cavalry Brigade (from VI Corps District)
    • 4th (1st Silesian) Hussars "von Schill"
    • 6th (2nd Silesian) Hussars "Count Götzen"
  • Horse Artillery Abteilung of the 5th (1st Lower Silesian) Field Artillery "von Podbielski" Regiment[3]
  • 1st Machine Gun Detachment
  • Pioneer Detachment
  • Signals Detachment
    • Heavy Wireless Station 3
    • Light Wireless Station 3
    • Light Wireless Station 4
  • Cavalry Motorised Vehicle Column 5

See: Table of Organisation and Equipment

Changes in organization

  • 9th Cavalry Brigade became independent on 26 December 1916
  • 11th Cavalry Brigade joined Guard Cavalry Division on 23 March 1918
  • 12th Cavalry Brigade became independent on 20 February 1918

See also


  1. Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 126
  2. Cron 2002, p. 299
  3. War Ministry of 11 December 1916, No 847 was changed into a field artillery abteilung; Cron 2002, p. 139


  • 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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