This is what it looks to me, hippomobile transportation battalions, but I suspect that it was a covername. All the seven Fahr Abteilungen were under divisional Artillerieführer command, not under division direct command such as the Kraftfahr Abteilungen. And according to lexikonderwehrmacht, late 1932:
- 1. (Preussisches) Fahr Abteilung was made up of a Beobachtungs Abteilung, a Stabsbatterie for an additional artillery regiment and a heavy artillery battery.
- 2. (Preussisches) Fahr Abteilung was made up of a "Fliegerstammabteilung" of two companies, a Stabsbatterie and a antiaircraft battery.
- 3. (Preussiches) Fahr Abteilung was made up of a Stab for a Flak Abteilung, a Flak Batterie, a Schweinwerfer Batterie, a Stabsbatterie and a Kradschützen Kompanie.
- 4. Fahr Abteilung was made up of a Stabsbatterie, a Schallmessbatterie, a Kampfwagen-Abwehr Kompanie and a Nebel Batterie. Its first company seemed to be a "Gas und Nebelversuchsbatterie".
The other three battalions were made up of approximately the same kind of units (mainly Beobachtung, antitank, antiaircraft, heavy artillery, and so on).
It looks like it was a cover unit for an upgrade of divisional artillery, especially concerning heavy artillery and antiaircraft artillery (and chemical?) which were forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles.
Or do you think I'm totally wrong here?
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