The 4. Kavallerie-Brigade was raised in May 1944 from Kavallerie-Regiment Nord and Kavallerie-Regiment Süd and was upgraded to 4. Kavallerie-Division in February 1945.

Commanders

Generalmajor Rudolf Holste

Holders of high awards

See 4. Kavallerie-Division

Order of battle

Reiter-Regiment 5 Feldmarschall von Mackensen
Reiter-Regiment 41
Artillerie-Regiment 870
Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 70
Kosaken-Abteilung 70
Nachrichten-Abteilung 387
Feldersatz-Battailon 70
Versorgungs-Truppen 70

Insignia

The "Feldmarschall v. Mackensen" cuff title was authorized for all ranks of Kavallerie-Regiment 5 on 6 December 1944.

Totenkopf with crossed bones positioned directly behind the skull – Originally worn by the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr.1 and 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preußen Nr.2, authorized for use by:
Regiments-Stab, 1., 2., 4., 5., and 11. Schwadronen of Kavallerie-Regiment 5
All units of 4. Kavallerie-Division except Reiter-Regiment 41
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Photo © Jacques

Sources used

Brian L. Davis - German Army Uniforms and Insignia, 1933-1945
Dr Jeffrey T. Fowler - Axis Cavalry in World War II
Adolf Schlicht & John R Angolia - Die Deutsche Wehrmacht: Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1933-1945, Band 1 Das Heer
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Gordon Williamson - German Army Elite Units 1939-45

Reference material on this unit

Gerd Stolz & Eberhard Grieser - Geschichte des Kavallerie-Regiments 5 "Feldmarschall v. Mackensen": Geschichte seiner Stamm-Regimenter in Abrissen und Erinnerungen

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