8.ϟϟ-Kavallerie-Division „Florian Geyer“ (8.Armee)

8.SS-Kavalleriedivision
8.SS-Kavalleriedivision
The Kavallerie-Division was formed in 1942 and had a substantial proportion of its manpower involved in internal security operations and anti-partisan warfare in the rear behind the German front line. It became caught up in an unusually cruel and merciless cycle of warfare characteristic of partisan activities. The results are often disturbing and sometimes inexcusable, but not unique to World War II or the German Military Forces. Previous to Operation Zitadelle a large campaign had been conducted by these forces to secure the supply lines to the front with the 8.SS-Cavalry Division as the major formation. Others were small East-European foreign volunteer units that were attached to Army Group Center. The division was retitled 8.SS-Kavallerie-Division Florian Geyer in 1943 and proved itself, with the unit now having a military rather than police character. About 40% of the division were Volksdeutsche from Romania and Serbia. Only 170 men of the 8 and 22.SS-Kavallerie-Divisions escaped the Siege of Budapest on February 1945. Images: Florian Geyer Grenadiers using anti-tank "Teller" mines against Soviet T-34s near the Dnieper in late September 1943. Credit: Marc Rikmenspoel; Waffen-SS Encyclopedia. Images: Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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