The Deutsche Schutzdivision was formed in January 1919 in Zossen from 31. Infanterie-Division and it saw action against the spartacist rising in Berlin.
It was used to form Reichswehr-Brigade 25 in June.


General von Wissel
General Georg von der Lippe

Formed in the area of

Generalkommando IV. Armeekorps Magdeburg (Provinz Sachsen, Anhalt, Ost-Thüringen)

Manpower strength


Order of battle

Freiw.Inf.Rgt. 70
Freiw.Inf.Rgt. 166
Freiw.Inf.Rgt. 174
Freiw.Feldart.Rgt. 31
Freiw.Feldart.Rgt. 67
Esk.Freiw.Kür.Rgt 6
Esk.Freiw.Hus.Rgt. 3
Esk.Freiw.Ulan.Rgt. 7

Notable members

SA-Gruppenführer Carl Caspary
SS-Obergruppenführer Kurt Knoblauch
Generaloberst Ulrich Grauert (Luftwaffe)
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)


Collar badge with a sword and oak-leaf wreath.

Sources used

Verkuilen Ager - Awards of the German Freikorps 1919-1935
Bruce Campbell - The SA generals and the rise of Nazism
Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939
Charles Woolley - German Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment 1918-1923

Reference material on this unit

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