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German Army Corps 66th zbV

 Corps structure  66th German Army Corps (zbV) part of 19th German Army

zbV (zur besonderen Vervendung) [for special use]


  • 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division
  • 19th Ersatz Division
  • 17th Reserve Division

 Divisional Structure 1918  2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division part of 8th Army

Later (1918) part of 66th Corps(zbV) and 19th Army (zbV = zur besonderen Vervendung) (for special use)

Divisional Structure 1918


9th Bavarian Landwehr Brigade

  • 2nd Landwehr Bavarian Regiment
  • 5th Landwehr Bavarian Regiment
  • 10th Landwehr Bavarian Regiment


3rd Squadron, 1st Bavarian Reserve Cavalry Regiment

Artillery Command

  • 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Field Artillery Regiment

Engineers and Liaisons

  • 25th Bavarian Engineers Battalion
  • 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Pioneer Company
  • 3rd Bavarian Landwehr Pioneer Company
  • 12 Bavarian Searchlight Section
  • 502 Telephone Detachment
  • 502 Signals Command

Medical and Veterinary

  • 24th Bavarian Ambulance Company
  • 17th Bavarian Field Hospital
  • 63rd Bavarian Field Hospital

1st January 1917 Actions 1917 to 1918  2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division part of 8th Army. Later part of 66th Corps(zbV) and 19th Army (zbV = zur besonderen Vervendung) (for special use)

Divisional Actions and review.

The 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division was formed in Lorraine at the end of December 1916 and the beginning of January 1917. Two of its regiments, the 5th Bavarian Landwehr and the 10th Bavarian Landwehr, were assigned respectively to the 1st Bavarian Landwehr Division and the 33rd Reserve Division at that time on the Lorraine front. The 2nd Bavarian Landwehr was ceded by the 6th Bavarian Landwehr Division, which held a Vosges sector.


As soon as it was constituted the 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division was transported to the Eastern front via Frankfort and Leipzig.


Directed to Courlande and attached to the 8th Army it entered the line in the vicinity of Friedrichstadt (middle of January, 1917) and remained in this district up till February, 1918. In September it participated in the operations against Riga. In December a number of men were detached in order to reinforce the 10th Bavarian Division.

1917 Allied Intelligence Value Estimate.

It remained on the Russian front from the time of its formation (January, 1917). It held the calm sector of Courlande in 1917; it occupied Livonia in 1918 (May). Men under 35 years of age were withdrawn from the 5th Bavarian Landwehr in December 1917. It is rated as a 4th class division.

The 2nd Bavarian Landwehr Division initially served on the Eastern Front, entering the line in the Baltic region near Riga. In September 1917, it participated in the Battle of Riga. The division then remained on the line on the Duna River until the armistice on the Eastern Front in December 1917. For most of 1918, it served in Livonia and Estonia as part of the German occupation forces. In October 1918, it was transferred to the Western Front, and occupied a portion of the trench line in Lorraine until the end of World War I. Allied intelligence rated the division as fourth class.

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