5th Cavalry Division (German Empire)

5th Cavalry Division
(5. Kavallerie-Division)
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Active2 August 1914 – 27 February 1918
Disbanded27 February 1918
Country German Empire
SizeApproximately 5,000 (on mobilisation)
EngagementsWorld 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 the mobilization of the German Army in August 1914. The division was dissolved in February 1918.

Combat chronicle[]

It was initially assigned to I Cavalry Corps, which preceded the 3rd Army on the Western Front. In October 1914, it was transferred to the Eastern Front. From 14 July 1915 to 1 September 1915, it was designated as Cavalry Corps Hendebreck. It was dismounted in October 1916 and 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]

See: Table of Organisation and Equipment

Changes in organization[]

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