Royal Bavarian 3rd Field Artillery Regiment "Prince Leopold"

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The 3rd field artillery regiment "Prinz Leopold" was an artillery regiment of the Bavarian Army .


With a decree of March 16, 1848 from the 1st and 2nd Artillery Regiment and parts of the Cuirassier and Chevaulegers regiments, the association was established as the 3rd Artillery Regiment with four batteries in Munich . From October 1, 1901, the regiment was divided into two departments with three batteries and two mobile batteries .

From September 8, 1849, the first regiment owner was Queen Mother Marie of Bavaria . The regiment therefore received the addition "Queen Mother" from this point in time. After her death it was decided on May 19, 1889 that the regiment would continue the addition until further notice. On February 19, 1905, ownership passed to Field Marshal Leopold von Bayern and the regiment was called the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment "Prince Leopold" until it was dissolved .

Together with the 8th Field Artillery Regiment , it formed the 6th Field Artillery Brigade since October 1901 . The last peace station of the regiment was the Grafenwoehr military training area . From October 1, 1914, the garrison was in Amberg .

German war

During the war against Prussia , the regiment was used in the Main Campaign .

Franco-German War

During the Franco-Prussian War the regiment was assigned to the II Army Corps as corps artillery . It took part in the fighting at Beaumont , Sedan , Coulmiers , Orléans , the enclosure and siege of Paris, and the sieges of Strasbourg and Belfort .

First World War

During the First World War , the regiment was used exclusively on the Western Front. Mobile Made it was on August 2, 1914. It took first at border skirmishes and the Battle of Lorraine part, fought at Nancy - Epinal and went from mid-September 1914 between Maas and Mosel in the trench warfare over. From July to August 1916 it took part in the Battle of Verdun and in September 1916 the Battle of the Somme , before returning to trench warfare in Flanders and Artois . From late March to early October, the regiment was subordinate to the newly formed Artillery Commander No. 6 and then directly to the 6th Infantry Division . From November 19, 1917 it was again subordinated to the artillery commander No. 6 and participated under his leadership u. a. in the spring offensive of 1918 and the subsequent defensive battles.


After the end of the war , the remnants of the regiment marched back to Amberg, where demobilization began on January 5, 1919 . Various free formations were formed from parts . For example, the Tautphaeus Volkswehr Artillery Department and the three Volkswehr batteries from Speck, Seither and Egersdörfer. After the formation of the Provisional Reichswehr , these units were merged with the Reichswehr Artillery Regiment 24.

The tradition in the Reichswehr was adopted by the 7th battery of the 7th (Bavarian) Artillery Regiment in Nuremberg by decree of the Chief of Army Command, General of the Infantry Hans von Seeckt , on August 24, 1921 . In the Wehrmacht , the tradition was continued by the Artillery Regiment 10 in Regensburg.


Until 1872 the commanders used the designation Oberstkommandant.

Rank Surname date
Philipp von Brand zu Neidstein March 16, 1848 to October 17, 1850
Karl von Brodesser October 18, 1850 to November 28, 1856
Colonel Friedrich von Bothmer November 29, 1856 to March 30, 1866
Heinrich Lutz March 31, 1866 to January 31, 1870
Heinrich Bronzetti 0February 1, 1870 to April 10, 1874
Colonel Carl Brandt April 11, 1874 to October 18, 1876
Colonel Anton Orff November 27, 1876 to January 4, 1878
Colonel Albrecht Streiter 0January 5, 1878 to November 1, 1882
Friedrich von Hellingrath 0November 2, 1882 to April 10, 1885
Adalbert von Lurz April 11, 1885 to October 25, 1886
Eugene of Malaisé October 26, 1886 to March 7, 1889
Johann von Böck 0March 8, 1889 to May 11, 1892
Xaver von Riedheim May 12, 1892 to July 19, 1896
Friedrich Otto July 20, 1896 to February 18, 1899
Maximilian von Neubeck February 19, 1899 to September 30, 1901
Colonel Maximilian Halder 0October 1, 1901 to April 8, 1905
Colonel Martin von Denk 0April 9, 1905 to December 11, 1906
Colonel Maximilian Höhn December 12, 1906 to April 27, 1908
Colonel Ludwig von Seither April 28, 1908 to March 6, 1910
Karl Harlander 0March 7, 1910 to June 21, 1912
Colonel Joseph Macher June 22, 1912 to April 21, 1916
Lieutenant colonel Georg vonöffelholz from Kolberg April 27, 1916 to January 1919


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Jürgen Kraus: Handbook of the units and troops of the German army 1914-1918. Part IX: Field Artillery. Volume 1. Militaria Publishing House. Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-902526-15-1 . P. 499.
  2. ^ Günter Wegmann (Ed.), Günter Wegner: Formation history and staffing of the German armed forces 1815-1990. Part 1: Occupation of the German armies 1815–1939. Volume 3: The occupation of active regiments, battalions and departments from the foundation or formation until August 26, 1939. Cavalry, artillery, pioneers, motor and driving departments, armored forces, traffic forces and intelligence departments. Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück 1993, ISBN 3-7648-2413-1 , pp. 444f.