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Cavalry Corps Schmettow (German Empire)

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Active  August 1916-1919
Allegiance  Imperial German Army
Type  Corps
Country  German Empire
Branch  Cavalry
Size  2-4 divisions
Cavalry Corps Schmettow (German Empire)

Cavalry Corps Schmettow was a formation of the German Army in World War I.


Cavalry Corps Schmettow

By August 1916, the four existing Cavalry Commanders (I, III, V and VI Cavalry Corps) had been assigned sectors of the Eastern Front and thus took on the functions similar to a normal Corps and had been reorganised in a similar fashion. Therefore, for the Romanian Campaign, none of the existing Cavalry Corps were brought in. Instead, a new temporary Cavalry Corps was set up in Transylvannia - Cavalry Corps "Schmettow" - under the command of Generalleutnant Eberhard Graf von Schmettow. It was formed with:

  • 51st HonvĂ©d Infantry Division (Austria-Hungary)
  • 3rd Cavalry Division
  • 1st Cavalry Division (Austria-Hungary)
  • Redesignated 11 January 1917 as 65th Corps (z.b.V.).

    65th Corps

    65th Corps (z.b.V.) was formed on 11 January 1917 by the redesignation of Cavalry Corps "Schmettow". As the need for large mounted cavalry formations diminished as the war went on, the existing Cavalry Corps increasingly took on the characteristics of a normal Corps Command. This culminated in them being redesignated as "General Commands for Special Use" Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.).

    By the end of the war, the Corps was serving on the Western Front as part of the 7th Army with the following composition:

  • 5th Division
  • 4th Guards Division
  • 216th Division
  • 50th Division
  • Commanders

    Cavalry Corps Schmettow / 65th Corps was commanded throughout its existence by Generalleutnant Eberhard Graf von Schmettow.


    Cavalry Corps Schmettow (German Empire) Wikipedia

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