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 3.Division by Jason Pipes
Unit Emblems

        

Lineage

  • Reichswehr-Brigade 3, 6 und 15 (Übergangsheer)
  • 3.Division (Reichsheer)

    Traditions

  • See Divisions organic components for traditions

    History

    The 3.Division was formed in January of 1921 from the Reichswehr-Brigade 3, Reichswehr-Brigade 6 and Reichswehr-Brigade 15, all of the former Übergangsheer. The 3.Division was based in Berlin. The commander of the 3.Division also served as the head of the regional Wehrkreiskommando of the same number, in this case, Wehrkreis III. It too was based in Berlin. There were seven Wehrkreiskommandos in the Reichswehr, each one relating to a specific Reichwehr division, numbers 1-7. The commander of each thus served a duel role as the commander of the Wehrkreis and the commander of the division in question.

    In 1934, during the transition period of the Reichswehr into the Wehrmacht, all seven Wehrkreiskommandos were upgraded into Korp formations with the commander being transfered to serve as the CO of each. Thus the divisional formations of the original seven divisions ceased to exist, while their organic units were used as the basis for the formation of a series of 21 totally new divisions. The 21 Infanterie-Reigmenter of the Reichswehr aided in the formation of 42 new Wehrmacht Infanterie-Regimenter, two being an organic part of each of the newly formed 21 Infanterie-Divisionen. At first, each of the newly formed 21 Infanterie-Divisionen were known by cover names to prevent troubles with Germanys detractors, but later in October of 1935, all cover names were dropped when the formation of the Wehrmacht and its new units was made public.

    Thus, for the exact transitions and lineages of the 3.Division into the Wehrmacht, please see this units specific organic components - the Reichswehr 3.Division itself ceased to exist as of October of 1934.

    Organization

    General
    Infanterieführer III
    7.(Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment
    8.(Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment
    9.(Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment
    Artillerieführer III
    3.(Preußisches) Artillerie-Regiment
    Pionier-Bataillon 3
    Nachrichten-Bataillon 3
    Kraftfahr-Abteilung 3
    Sanitäts-Abteilung 3

    Commanders

    Gen.d.Art. Hermann Rumschöttel 10.01.20 - 6.16.21
    Gen.d.Inf. Richard von Berendt 6.16.21 - 8.03.21
    Gen.d.Kav. Rudolf von Horn 8.03.21 - 1.31.26
    Gen.d.Inf. Otto Hasse 2.01.26 - 4.01.29
    Gen.d.Inf. Rudolf Schniewindt 4.01.29 - 10.01.29
    Gen.d.Inf. Joachim von Stülpnagel 10.01.29 - 2.01.32
    Gen.d.Inf. Gerd von Rundstedt 2.01.32 - 10.01.32
    Gen.Lt. Werner Freiherr von Fritsch 10.01.32 - 2.01.34

    Subordination

    Gruppenkommando 1 / Wehrkreiskommando III

    Bibliography

  • Stellenbesetzung im Reichsheer, by U. von Gersdorff
  • Unsere Reichswehr, Das Buch von Heer und Flotte, by Oberstleutnant a.D. Benary
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown

  • Between Kaiser and Führer, The History of the German Army 1919-1933, by Adris Kursietis
  • Image and Reality, The Making of the German Officer, 1921-1933, by David Spires
  • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
  • Paramilitary Politics in Weimar Germany, by James Diehl
  • Roots of Blitzkrieg, Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform, by James Corum
  • Military Vehicles of the Reichswehr, by Wolkgang Fleischer
  • The German Forces in the Field, November 1918, author unknown

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