The Schnelle Division ("Fast Division") was formed by combining all the cavalry and armor of the Austrian army.
The Panzerwagen-Bataillon contained one Panzerwagenkompanie and four Kleinkampfwagenkompanie. The former contained 12 Steyr ADGZ wheeled tanks and the latter contained a total of 72 Fiat Ansaldo tankettes.

Following the Anschluss when Austria became a part of Germany it was used to form 4. Leichte-Division and Kavallerie-Regiment 11.


Generalmajor Ing. Johann Kubena (1 Jun 1935 - 30 Sep 1936)
Generalmajor Dr Alfred Hubicki (1 Oct 36 - ? Mar 1938)

Manpower strength

1938 7.599


12 ADGZ-tanks
72 Fiat Ansaldo tankettes
1.094 horses
495 motorcycles
363 vehicles (cross-country)
356 vehicles (noncross-country)
820 bicycles
60 carriages
428 submachineguns
184 light machineguns
191 heavy machineguns
3 8mm AA machineguns
4 8mm twin AA machineguns
8 2cm AA machineguns
18 2cm antitank guns
8 8cm mortars
24 4,7cm light howitzers
8 5cm light howitzers
8 10cm field guns

Order of battle

- Dragoner-Regiment Eugen Prinz von Savoyen Nr.1
- Dragoner-Regiment Feldmarschall Montecuccoli Nr.2
- Panzerwagenkompanie
- 4 x Kleinkampfwagenkompanie
- Burgenländisches Kraftfahrjägerbataillon Nr.1
- Wiener Kraftfahrjägerbataillon Feldmarschall Radetzky Nr.2
- Niederösterreichisches Kraftfahrjägerbataillon Kopal Nr.3
- Wiener Kraftfahrjägerbataillon Nr.4
Wiener leichtes Artillerie-Regiment 9

Soldiers with gas masks on a motorcycle, 1931
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Sources used

Research by Glenn Jewison & Peter Kreuzer

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