The 8. Motorisierte-Schützen-Division was raised 30 June 1956 from A-Volkspolizeibereitschaft Schwerin as 8. Infanteriedivision.
It was redesignated 8. Motorisierte-Schützen-Division 30 November 1956.

Commanders

Oberst Karl Nacke (30 June 1956 - 31 Jan 1959)
Oberst Werner Krüger (1 Feb 1959 - 31 Oct 1960)
Oberst Gerhard Amm (1 Nov 1960 - 31 Dec 1962)
Oberst Anton Hotzky (1 Jan 1963 - 31 Aug 1965)
Oberst Nikolaus Klenner (1 Sep 1965 - 10 Aug 1972)
Oberst Günther Malewsky (10 Aug 1972 - 30 Sep 1976)
Oberst Manfred Grätz (1 Oct 1976 - 31 Aug 1978)
Oberst Ulrich Berthmann (1 Sep 1978 - 31 Aug 1982)
Oberst Hans Unterdörfel (1 Sep 1982 - 31 Aug 1986)
Oberst Manfred Jonischkies (1 Sep 1986 - 31 Aug 1990)
Oberst Rolf Zander (1 Sep 1990 - 2 Oct 1990)

Headquarters

Schwerin

Order of battle (1987)

Mot.-Schützenregiment 27 Hans Kahle
Mot.-Schützenregiment 28 Wilhelm Florin
Mot.-Schützenregiment 29 Ernst Moritz Arndt
Panzerregiment 8 Arthur Becker
Artillerieregiment 8 Erich Mühsam
Führungsbatterie Chef Raketen/Artillerie 8
Flak- Raketene Regiment 8 Willi Schröder
Führungsbatterie Chef Truppenluftabwehr 8
Raketenabteilung 8 Hermann Schuldt
Geschosswerferabteilung 8 Mathias Thesen
Aufklärungsbatallion 8 Otto Moritz
Pionierbatallion 8 Tudor Vladimirescu
Panzerjägerabteilung 8 Heinrich Dollwetzel
Nachrichtenbatallion 8 Kurt Bürger
Batallion Materielle Sicherstellung 8 Herbert Tschäpe
Instandsetzungsbatallion 8 Wilhelm Pieck
Batallion Chemische Abwehr 8 Erich Correns
Sanitätsbatallion 8 Hans Rodenberg
Ersatzregiment 8

Manpower Strength: 14,746 (wartime), 10,954 (peacetime), 10,963 (actual).
Actual Equipment Strength: 4 Luna M (FROG-7) transporter-erector rocket launchers, 214 T-55 tanks, 137 BMP tracked infantry combat vehicles, 271 armored personnel carriers, 126 artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers, 13 bridge-laying tanks.

Sources used

Klaus Froh & Rüdiger Wenzke - Die Generale und Admirale der NVA
Wilfried Kopenhagen - Die Landstreitkräfte der NVA

Reference material on this unit

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