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8th Cavalry Division
(8. Kavallerie-Division)
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Active 2 August 1914 – 9 April 1918
Disbanded 9 April 1918
Country  German Empire
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Size Approximately 5,000 (on mobilisation)

World War I

First Battle of the Masurian Lakes

The 8th Cavalry Division (8. 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 April 1918. The majority of the Division was drawn from the Kingdom of Saxony.

Combat chronicle

Initially assigned to III Cavalry Corps preceding 6th Army on the Western Front until 30 August 1914, then to the Eastern Front. Arrived too late for the Battle of Tannenberg but in time for the Battle of the Masurian Lakes.[1] Dismounted in 1917 and dissolved on 9 April 1918.[2]

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:[3]

See: Table of Organisation and Equipment

Changes in organization

  • 23rd Cavalry Brigade joined 1st Cavalry Division on 1 February 1917.
  • 38th Cavalry Brigade joined Guard Cavalry Division on 20 April 1918.
  • 40th Cavalry Brigade dissolved on 10 April 1918.
  • 39th Cavalry Brigade joined from 4th Cavalry Division on 1 February 1917. Rejoined 4th Cavalry Division on 6 April 1918.

See also


  1. Sweetman 2002, p. 177
  2. Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 126
  3. Cron 2002, p. 300


  • 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. 
  • Sweetman, John (2002). Tannenberg 1914. Cassell & Co. ISBN 0-304-35635-2. 

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