18th Infantry Regiment (Reichswehr) - 18. Infanterie-Regiment (Reichswehr)
The regiment was formed on January 1, 1921 from the Reichswehr Infantry Regiments 13 and 14 and the Reichswehr Jäger Regiments 31 and 32 of the transitional army . Since it was a mixed national association, only the respective battalions received on May 29, 1922, in addition to their names, the national team designation "Prussian" or "Lippisches". 
In the course of the expansion of the Reichswehr, the regiment was divided into the first wave in 1934, forming the Paderborn Infantry Regiment (IR 18) and the Münster Infantry Regiment (IR 39).
- Paderborn : Regimental staff, 1st (Prussian) battalion with staff and 13th ( MW ) company
- Münster : II. (Prussian) battalion with staff
- Bückeburg : Staff of the III. Battalion, 11th (schaumburg-Lippe) and 12th (Prussian) company
- Hameln : 9th (Prussian) and 10th (Prussian) company
- Detmold : (Lippe) training battalion
|No.||Name||Beginning of the appointment||End of the appointment |
|1.||Oberst Karl Felsch||January 1, 1921||15. June 1921|
|2.||Colonel / Major General Georg von Stillfried-Rattonitz||16. June 1921||January 31, 1923|
|3.||Colonel Hans Kloebe||February 1, 1923||March 31, 1925|
|4.||Colonel Gerd von Rundstedt||1. April 1925||30. September 1926|
|5.||Colonel Walter von Schleinitz||1. November 1926||February 28, 1928|
|6.||Colonel Hugo Zeitz||March 1, 1928||30. April 1931|
|7.||Colonel Hubert Schaller-Kallide||1. May 1931||30. September 1933|
|8.||Colonel Emil Reischle||October 1, 1933||30. November 1935|
|9.||Colonel Eccard von Gablenz||December 1, 1935||23. November 1938|
|10.||Colonel Alexander Edler von Daniels||24. November 1938||December 10, 1940|
The regiment consisted of the regimental staff with a news relay
- 1st battalion with staff and news squadron, emerged from the Reichswehr-Jäger-Regiments 31 and 32,
- 2nd battalion with staff and news squadron, emerged from the Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 13,
- III. Battalion with staff and news relay, emerged from the Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 14,
- Supplementary battalion, from March 23, 1921 a training battalion, emerged from the Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 14.
Each field battalion was divided into three companies of three officers and 161 NCOs and men (3/161) as well as a machine gun company (4/126). In total, a battalion consisted of 18 officers and officials (including medical officers) and 658 men.
Armament and equipment
In the machine gun companies, the 1st platoon consisted of three groups with three MG 08 heavy machine guns on a carriage, drawn by four horses, the 2nd to 4th platoon consisted of three groups with three MG 08 heavy machine guns on a carriage, drawn by two horses.
The heaviest weapons in the regiment were the mine throwers in the 13th Company. The 1st train was equipped with two medium-sized launchers 17 cm, drawn in four horses, the 2nd and 3rd train with three light launchers 7.6 cm, driven in two horses.
Takeover of tradition
- 1st company: Infantry Regiment "Graf Barfuß" (4th Westphalian) No. 17
- 2nd Company: 2nd Lorraine Infantry Regiment No. 131
- 3rd Company: 1st Upper Rhine Infantry Regiment No. 97
- 4th Company: 7th Lorraine Infantry Regiment No. 158
- 5th Company: Infantry Regiment "Herwarth von Bittenfeld" (1st Westphalian) No. 13
- 6th Company: Lower Rhine Fusilier Regiment No. 39
- 7th Company: Infantry Regiment "Freiherr von Sparr" (3rd Westphalian) No. 16
- 8th Company: 5th Lorraine Infantry Regiment No. 144
- 9th Company: 7th Rhenish Infantry Regiment No. 69
- 10th Company: 4th Hannoversches Infantry Regiment No. 164
- 11th Company: Westphalian Jäger Battalion No. 7
- 12th Company: Westphalian Jäger Battalion No. 7
- 13th Company: 9th Lorraine Infantry Regiment No. 173
- 14th Company: Infantry Regiment "Graf Bülow von Dennewitz" (6th Westphalian) No. 55
- 15th Company: 5th Westphalian Infantry Regiment No. 53
- 16th Company: Infantry Regiment "Prince Friedrich of the Netherlands" (2nd Westphalian) No. 15
- Georg Tessin : German associations and troops 1918–1939. Biblio Publishing House. Osnabrück 1974. ISBN 3-7648-1000-9 . P. 193ff.
- Edgar Graf von Matuschka: Organization of the realm army. in Handbook on German Military History 1648–1939. Ed. Military History Research Office . Freiburg (Breisgau). Part VI: Reichswehr and Republic (1918–1933). Bernard & Graefe Publishing House for Defense. Frankfurt am Main 1970. pp. 320-322.
- Georg Tessin : German Associations and Troops 1918–1939. Biblio Publishing House. Osnabrück 1974. ISBN 3-7648-1000-9 . P. 188.
- Dermot Bradley (Ed.), Günter Wegner: Occupation of the German Army 1815-1939 Volume 2: The occupation of the active infantry regiments and hunter battalions, military district commanders and training managers from the foundation or formation until 1939 . Osnabrück 1992. ISBN 3-7648-1782-8 . P. 502.
- Decree of the Chief of the Army Command, General of the Infantry Hans von Seeckt, of August 24, 1921