Hello pals; something dealing with the first stages in this unit's life.........
It was raised in the fall of 1934 from the 3. Squadron of 4. (Preussischen) Reiterregiment (Cavalry regiment), parts of the 3. (Preussischen) Kraftfahrabteilung and parts of others reiterregiments as the Kraftfahrabteilung “Potsdam” with:
Narichtenzug (Signal Pl).
Panzerspähkompanie (Mechanized coy).
Kradschützenkompanie (Motorcyclist coy).
Schwerekompanie (Heavy coy – support and weapons).
The newly reaised unit was billeted in Potsdam in the Gardes du Korps – Kaserne. In 1935 its name was changed for Aufklärungs Abteilung 8 and on April 1936 it was under the 1. Kavallerie Division within the framework of the Aufklärungs Brigade “Berlín”.
On October 1937, the abteilung was renamed II./ Aufklärungsregiment 6. That very year were outlined tha plans for raising the so-called Leichte divisions (fast units with mechanized elements) comprising one aufklärungsregiment. The Aufklärungsregiment 6 was formed with the A.A. 6 - Münster (Staff and I. Abteilung) and the A.A. 8 – Potsdam (II. Abteilung); this aufklärungsregiment was disbanded on November 1938. So the I. Abteilung as A.A. 6 became part of the 1. Leichte Division and the II. Abteilung as A.A. 8 became part of the 5. Panzer Division.
Its Commanding Officers were:
1934 – 1938 Major / Oberstleutnant Neumann-Silkow.
1938 – 1940 Major Grölig.
The colours of the AA 8 on parade.
Source: the mail sent to me by Jan-Hendrik (thank you very much).
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.