The Division von Lettow-Vorbeck (also Freiwilligen-Division von Lettow-Vorbeck) took part in the putting down of the spartacist rising in Berlin and later against the Sozialistischen Republik Bremen proclaimed January 1919.
The non-Marine elemets of it was used to form Reichswehr-Brigade 40 June 1919.


General von Lettow-Vorbeck

Formed in the area of

Generalkommando des Garde-Korps (Berlin)

Order of battle

1. Marine-Brigade von Roden (Eiserne Brigade)
- 1. Marine-Regiment
- 2. Marine-Regiment
2. Marine-Brigade Ehrhardt (Brigade Ehrhardt)
- 3. Marine-Regiment
- 4. Marine-Regiment
3. Marine-Brigade von Löwenfeld
- 5. Marine-Regiment
- 6. Marine-Regiment
- Sturm-Btl. Arnauld de la Perière
Schutztruppen-Brigade von Schleinitz
- Schutztruppen-Rgt. Lettow
Freiw.Feldartillerie-Rgt. Osiander
Freiwilligen-Brigade Grautoff
- Sturm-Btl. Schmidt
- Freiw.MG-Scharfschützen-Abt. Frey
- Freiw. Minenwerfer Detachement Heuschkel

Notable members

General der Infanterie Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (General in the Imperial German Army and famous as commander of the German East Africa campaign)
SS-Gruppenführer Leo Petri
Kapitän zur See der Reserve Hellmuth von Ruckteschell
SS-Brigadeführer Friedrich Übelhöhr
SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Werner
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his men on parade in Berlin after returning from Africa
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Soldiers of Freiw. Minenwerfer Detachement Heuschkel in Berlin March 1919

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939
Charles Woolley - German Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment 1918-1923

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -

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