|I Cavalry Corps|
(Höhere Kavallerie-Kommando Nr 1)
Higher Cavalry Command No. 1
Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
|Active||2 August 1914-3 March 1918|
|Size||Approximately 13,000 (on mobilisation)|
|Engagements||World War I|
The I Cavalry Corps (German language: Höhere Kavallerie-Kommando 1 / HKK 1 literally: Higher Cavalry Command 1) was a formation of the German Army in World War I. It was formed on the mobilization of the German Army in August 1914 and disbanded in March 1918.
I Cavalry Corps
The Corps initially served on the Western Front with the Guards and 5th Cavalry Divisions and preceded the 3rd Army. By 15 September 1914, it was assigned to 2nd Army and comprised the Guards and 2nd Cavalry Divisions. Transferred to the East on 6 November 1914 and attached to the 9th Army. By 8 February 1915, it consisted of the 6th and 9th Cavalry Divisions.
At various times, the Corps was named for its commander as Cavalry Corps Richthofen, Corps Richthofen and Army Group Richthofen.
56th Corps (z.b.V.) was formed on 20 November 1916 by the redesignation of I Cavalry Corps. 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.). 56th Corps was disbanded on 5 March 1918.
Order of Battle on mobilisation
Initially, the Corps simply consisted of 2 Cavalry Divisions (with 3 Jäger battalions attached) without any Corps troops; in supply and administration matters, the Cavalry Divisions were entirely autonomous. The commander was only concerned with tactics and strategy, hence his title of Senior Cavalry Commander Höherer Kavallerie-Kommandeur.
On formation in August 1914, the Corps consisted of:
- Guards Cavalry Division
- 5th Cavalry Division
- 11th Jäger Battalion
- 12th Jäger Battalion
- 13th Jäger Battalion
Each cavalry division consisted of 3 cavalry brigades (6 regiments each of 4 squadrons), a horse artillery Abteilung (3 four-gun batteries), a machine gun detachment (company size, 6 MGs), plus pioneers, signals and a motor vehicle column. A more detailed Table of Organisation and Equipment can be seen here. The Jäger battalions each consisted of 4 light infantry companies, 1 machine gun company (6 MGs), 1 cyclist company and a motorised vehicle column.
|General der Kavallerie Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen||2 August 1914||23 September 1916|
|General der Kavallerie Götz Freiherr von König||23 September 1916||5 March 1918|
- German Army (German Empire)
- German Army order of battle (1914)
- German cavalry in World War I
- TOE, German Cavalry Division, August 1914
- Cron 2002, p. 299
- Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 176
- Cron 2002, p. 94
- Ellis & Cox 1993, p. 189
- Armee-Gruppe in the sense of a part of an army formed for a specific task. Heeresgruppe is an Army Group in the sense of a number of armies under a single commander.
- General Commands for Special Use Generalkommandos zur besonderen Verwendung (Genkdo z.b.V.)
- Cron 2002, p. 95
- Note that Corps (z.b.V.) were designated with Arabic, not Roman, numerals.
- Cron 2002, p. 89
- German War History Accessed: 13 April 2012
- Cron 2002, p. 94
- Cron 2002, p. 299
- Cron 2002, p. 116
- The Prussian Machine, HKK Accessed: 20 May 2012
- The Prussian Machine, GenKdo Accessed: 20 May 2012
- German War History Accessed: 20 May 2012
- 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.
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