8th (Rhenish) Cuirassiers "Count Geßler"

The 8th (Rhenish) Cuirassiers “Count Geßler” were a heavy cavalry regiment of the Royal Prussian Army. The regiment was formed in 1815. The regiment fought in the Austro-Prussian War, the Franco-Prussian War and World War I. The regiment was disbanded in 1919.

The British King George V was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment in January 1902, during a visit to Berlin when he was still Prince of Wales.[1] He served as such until the two countries declared war in 1914.


  1. ^ "Latest intelligence - Visit of Prince of Wales to Germany". The Times (36675). London. 27 January 1902. p. 5.
  • Schulz, Hugo (1992). Die preussischen Kavallerie-Regimenter 1913/1914 nach dem Gesetz vom 3. Juli 1913. Augsburg: Weltbild. pp. 32–33. ISBN 3893503439.