5th (Prussian) Cavalry Regiment (Reichswehr) - 5. (Preußisches) Reiter-Regiment (Reichswehr)

5th (Prussian) cavalry regiment

The Imperial War Flag of the Weimar Republic with the Iron Cross, 1921–1933
active 1921 to 1939
State German Empire
Armed forces Reichswehr
Armed forces Imperial Army
Branch of service cavalry
Type Cavalry Regiment
structure See organization
Location See garrisons
Commanders See commanders
August von Mackensen in the uniform of the 1st Leib-Hussar Regiment No. 1 , 1914/15

5th (Prussian) Reiter-Regiment was the name of a cavalry association of the Reichswehr. The chief of the cavalry regiment had been August von Mackensen since August 19, 1936 .


  • Reiter-Regiment 5 (formation spring 1920)
    • The regiment consisted of relatives and remaining units of the previous Reichswehr Cavalry Regiments 17 and 37 and was subordinate to the 1st Cavalry Division .
  • 5th (Prussian) Cavalry Regiment (from March 23, 1921)
  • " Stolp " cavalry regiment [1]
  • Cavalry Regiment 5 (from October 6, 1936; Wehrmacht)


The unit was part of the 1st Cavalry Division (Gr.-Kdo. 1) and after the dissolution of the cavalry divisions in 1936 it was subordinated to the General Command of the II. AK Stettin as a Corps Cavalry Regiment . By 1938, 11 squadrons / squadrons with 37 active cavalry and 2 veterinary officers were set up.


  • Colonel von Giese May 16, 1920 - August 14, 1920
  • Major General von Roden August 15, 1920 - May 31, 1921
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kalau vom Hofe June 1, 1921 - August 3, 1921
  • Colonel Schwartz August 4, 1921 - January 31, 1927
  • Colonel Wilhelm von Kleist February 1, 1927 - November 30, 1929
  • Colonel Egon von Ploetz December 1, 1929 - January 31, 1932
  • Colonel Ernst Griese February 1, 1932 - September 30, 1933
  • Colonel Richard Satow October 1, 1933 - March 31, 1937
  • Colonel Wolfgang Freiherr von Waldenfels April 1, 1937 - November 10, 1938
  • Lieutenant Colonel Diener November 10, 1938 - dissolution

Traditional and distinctive marks

Dissolution (1939)

In 1939 the unit was disbanded. The regimental members formed

Cavalry Regiment North (1943)

With the establishment of the Northern Cavalry Regiment according to the order of OKH / Gen.St.dH / Org.Abt. No. I / 2451/43 go. Kdos. Of May 23, 1943 in the Army Group North in Estonia , the cavalry squadrons 1./AA 12 and 1./AA 32 were also integrated.

Cavalry Regiment 5 (1944)

With the formation of the 4th Cavalry Brigade on May 29, 1944, the Cavalry Regiment North again became the Cavalry Regiment 5 while the Cavalry Regiment South became the Cavalry Regiment 41. Both regiments were placed under the brigade. On February 23, 1945, the regiments were subordinated to the successor of the brigade, the 4th Cavalry Division , which, together with the 3rd Cavalry Division, took part in the relief attacks on Budapest and in the Lake Balaton offensive, until the Wehrmacht surrendered unconditionally on August 8th. May 1945 in the Graz area.

Cavalry Regiment 5 "Field Marshal von Mackensen"

The newly established 5th Cavalry Regiment received the traditional name of 5th Cavalry Regiment by order of June 3, 1944 . At the same time it received the tradition of the two body hussar regiments No. 1 and 2 (skull hussars) of the old army .

By order of December 29, 1944, the special unit "Cavalry Regiment 5" Field Marshal von Mackensen "" received the skull of the body hussars on shoulder pieces and headgear. The skull was to be worn as follows:

  • Embossed on the peaked cap and field cap made of white metal, between the national emblem and the oak wreath or cockade.
  • On the middle of the shoulder pieces, embroidered in yellow metal for officers, in golden yellow for NCOs and men, and in white metal for porterage officers.

On December 4, 1944, the regiment was permitted to wear a sleeve strip, Field Marshal von Mackensen and the sword . The remnants of the reconnaissance departments were renamed into Divisional Fusilier Battalions after the cavalry squadrons were surrendered . After fighting in Austria (→ Battle of Vienna ) the unit was disbanded in June 1945 near Aalen (Württemberg). [5]


  • Eberhard Grieser and Gerd Stolz: History of the Cavalry Regiment 5 “Field Marshal v. Mackensen ”- History of his regular regiments in demolitions and memories (1741–1945) , Schild-Verlag (1975), ISBN 978-3880140516 .
  • Georg Tessin: German associations and troops, 1918–1939. Old army. Volunteer associations. Reichswehr. Army. Air force. National Police. Edited on the basis of the documents of the Federal Archives-Military Archives; published with the support of the Federal Archives and the Defense Research Working Group. Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück 1974, ISBN 3-7648-1000-9 , p. 187 ff.

Individual evidence

  1. With the discontinuation of the regimental numbers in 1935
  2. As of October 1, 1920
  3. according to the ranking list of the German Reichsheeres from April 1, 1923
  4. The "Battle of Hennersdorf", actually the battle of Hennersdorf , took place on November 23, 1745, seven kilometers northwest of Lauban in Upper Lusatia . Here the Prussian army of Frederick II triumphed against the Saxons under General Buchner.
  5. Stein: Cavalry Regiment 5 . In: Magazine for Heereskunde . Issue 148, 1965. pp. 39-44.