9th Cavalry Division (German Empire)
The 9th Cavalry Division (9. Kavallerie-Division) was a unit of the German
German Empire
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German Army (German Empire)
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 in World War I
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. The division was formed on mobilization of the German Army in August 1914. The division was dissolved in March 1918.

Combat chronicle

Initially assigned to II Cavalry Corps preceding 1st and 2nd Armies on the Western Front until 27th November 1914, then to Russia. Dismounted in October 1916 and dissolved on 3rd March 1918.

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:
  • 13th Cavalry Brigade (from VII Corps District)
    • 4th (Westphalian) Cuirassiers "von Driesen"
      4th (Westphalian) Cuirassiers "von Driesen"
      The 4th Cuirassiers “von Driesen” were a heavy cavalry regiment of the Royal Prussian Army. The regiment was formed in 1717. The regiment fought in the Silesian Wars, the War of the Sixth Coalition, the Austro-Prussian War, the Franco-Prussian War and World War I. The regiment was disbanded in...

    • 8th (1st Westphalian) Hussars "Emperor Nicholas II of Russia"
  • 14th Cavalry Brigade (from VII Corps District)
    • 11th (2nd Westphalian) Hussars
    • 5th (Westphalian) Uhlans
  • 19th Cavalry Brigade (from X Corps District)
    • 19th (Oldenburg) Dragoons
    • 13th (1st Hannover) King’s Uhlans
  • Horse Artillery Abteilung
    Abteilung is a German language word often used when referring to German or Swiss military formations...

     of the 10th (von Scharnhorst) (1st Hannover) Field Artillery Regiment
  • 7th Machine Gun Detachment
  • Pioneer Detachment
  • Signals Detachment
    • Heavy Wireless Station 21
    • Light Wireless Station 8
    • Light Wireless Station 17
  • Cavalry Motorised Vehicle Column 9

See: Table of Organisation and Equipment
TOE, German Cavalry Division, August 1914
This is a brief outline of the Table of Organisation and Equipment of the 11 German Cavalry Divisions that were established at the outbreak of the first World War.-Table of Organisation and Equipment:*Division Staff**"weaker than an infantry division"...

Changes in organization

  • 13th Cavalry Brigade Staff on 8th February 1916 joined the Warsaw General Government as Cavalry Inspector.
  • 14th Cavalry Brigade joined Guard Cavalry Division on 23rd February 1918
  • 19th Cavalry Brigade joined Guard Cavalry Division on 8th April 1917
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