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  • Andrey
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    Originally posted by Jack
    Does anybody know anything about Russian Cavalry units in WWII. All I know is they rode horses, pretty basic.
    Where they considered Elite?
    Where they based on an Infantry Battalion Platoons, Company ECT?
    What type of small arms where predominant or was it a mixture?
    Cavalry was used very widely by USSR for all time of war.

    It was equipped by Cossacks mainly.

    There were Cavalry Divisions and Corps.

    Cavalryman had sabre and carbine.

    Cavalry could be used for cavalry attacks or as usual infantry (in this case horses were used only for moving to frontline).

    Cavalry was very useful if it was used cirrectly. Horses didn't need roads and fuel, they could be used as food in case of encirclement.

    Command used cavalry for raids in enemy rears and moved in zone of breakthrough or in weak places of enemy defence. Germans in weak positions were scared by attacks of huge masses of cavalry.

    In 1942-43 Red Army Command used Horse-Mechanized Groups for Advance operations. It was combination of tanks and cavalry. In that time Red Army had no enough trucks or armored troop-carriers for Mechanized Infantry and used Cavalry instead of it.

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  • Jack Dionne
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    Russian Cavalry WWII

    Does anybody know anything about Russian Cavalry units in WWII. All I know is they rode horses, pretty basic.
    Where they considered Elite?
    Where they based on an Infantry Battalion Platoons, Company ECT?
    What type of small arms where predominant or was it a mixture?

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