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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
Massed Soviet Cavalry in Modern War
169 pages; 13 chapters and 10 appendixes
Horse Cavalry, Red Army World War II is the second e-book
offered by QuikManeuvers.com on Soviet horse cavalry fighting
on the World War II Eastern Front. With nearly one hundred
Soviet horse cavalry divisions committed to combat on the
Eastern Front there is a lot to tell. Horse Cavalry, Red Army
World War II contains a host of interesting Soviet horse cavalry
topics, copiously illustrated, that will thrill those interested in
horse cavalry combat on the Eastern Front in World War II.
Horse Cavalry, Red Army World War II includes information
about Soviet horse cavalry deployed in operational level
formations, as well Soviet cavalry deployment in a variety of
battlefield conditions and battles. Imagine a plain flooded with
thousands of horsemen swarming forward along with dozens of
tanks and other vehicles. If they have chosen their breakthrough
sector correctly, they will be capable of unhinging the operational
depths of their enemy.
“Russian cavalry was deployed in a number of fashions. The porous nature of large parts of the Eastern Front made
raiding a viable option. Early in the war, cavalry was most often used as mobile infantry. Later in the war, as more tanks
and trucks became available, cavalry was reorganized into cavalry-mechanized groups. These groups would constitute a
small army with one or two cavalry corps and a mechanized or tank corps. The cavalry corps in these groups provided
mobile infantry to open holes in the front for the mechanized or tank corps to exploit. Red Army cavalry organization
differed considerably from the organization of U.S. Army cavalry units of the era. Numerically, Red Army units were the
smaller. A Soviet cavalry corps was roughly equal numerically to a reinforced U.S. horse cavalry division. Within the Red
Army cavalry corps, also, were from two to four tank regiments as organic elements of the corps. The U.S.S.R. cavalry
regiment was so designed as to provide a small and mobile striking force, heavily reinforced by supporting weapons.
Numerically equal to less than half a Red Army infantry regiment, the U.S.S.R. cavalry regiment has almost as much fire
power in supporting weapons.
In the cavalry corps, the artillery elements were very important. The corps artillery commander had at his disposal five
artillery regiments, armed with a variety of weapons. The type and relative numbers of artillery weapons were selected to
achieve maximum flexibility and shock power without impairing the mobility of the corps. Including mortars and artillery of
the cavalry divisions, the cavalry corps had nearly 350 pieces of artillery, plus several multiple rocket launchers. That was
sufficient to throw, in a single salvo, a metal weight of more than six tons of high explosives.”
Excerpt from Horse Cavalry, Red Army World War II
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