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MisterWiki
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Greetings,

 

This is my first post and I hope to share what I can and learn from all

of you!

 

My question is this: German cavalry regiments had 4-6 squadrons. How were these squadrons organized? How many men? How was the squadron sub divided?

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Chris

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Hello Chris!

An Eskadron (squadron) is divided in two ranks (Rank = Glied) and four platoons (Platoon = Zug). Each platoon has three groups (Group = Gruppe), each group had two files (File = Rotte). If there is a file with only one man, it´s called a "blind file"

By outkreak of the war each squadron had 6 officers, 168 other ranks and 178 horses.

A regiment with 4 squadrons had 36 officers and 688 other ranks with 769 horses.

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You are awesome! I am a former military intelligence analyst and love making Order of battle charts. I hope to make a massive one of the German Army on the eve of war in 1914.  Thank you for your assistance!

 

Chrix

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Hi Chris!

I'm glad I could help. Now I'm at work. If you've got more questions, let me kmow

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When looking at OB (order of battle) charts, it can be confusing when looking at some army's terminology. A German cavalry squadron that you described here in detail sounds like a company sized element. In the US Army, a cavalry squadron is a battalion equivalent broken down into troops (companies) and further into platoons and squads.  You have helped clear it up.

 

Chris

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2 hours ago, MisterWiki said:

In the US Army, a cavalry squadron is a battalion equivalent

In Germany it is called Abteilung.

GreyC

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Hi!

That´s not correct to 100%.

Mounted units like Artillery and Train had "Abteilungen".

In peace-time a cavalry regiment only had 5 Eskadrons and no Abteilung. Later when they became dismounted, their Eskadrons were called companies like Infantry.

Sorry, GreyC, that I gave you the wrong information during our talk.

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