|Cavalry Corps Schmettow
65th Corps (z.b.V.)
German cavalry entering Bucharest on 6 December 1916
|Allegiance||Imperial German Army|
|Eberhard Graf von 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:
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.).