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Red Army Cavalry, Eastern Front
Soviet Cavalry, A Million Hoofbeats
179 pages; 16 chapters and 5 appendices
They were first heard as a far off thunder as thousands, perhaps millions of
Soviet cavalry hoofbeats came ever closer. There was none who heard the
sound that did not immediately understand that they were in the way of the
Red Army Cavalry, Eastern Front. Although World War II was a modern
war, only on the Eastern Front was it a gigantic conflict where dozens of
cavalry divisions of Red Army Cavalry, Eastern Front fought and died.
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"Two days were required to prepare the cavalry division night raid. The target village was 22 kilometers (about 14 miles)
from the Soviet cavalry division position. A troop had been sent out on reconnaissance. It went out on the highway,
concealed itself in the forest, and observed road movements. Thus the reconnaissance element determined the enemy
strength, location of outposts, and location both of tank parks and night bivouacs, as well as the headquarters and rear
The approaches to the town were important; to approach in the open would be suicide. West and south were two ravines
too rough for cavalry. The decision was to attack from the north and east. These directions would permit cutting off any
attempt of the Germans to withdraw along the highway, which ran north of the city. They would catch the enemy under
cross fires and at the same time avoid danger of firing on their own troops. Since one regiment attacked from north and
the other from east to west, this danger was averted.
The cavalry division moved out in two columns at 1900; at 2400 it assembled 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) from the town,
dismounted at once; and went into action. To insure surprise, the attack was made without the use of signals. The
outguards were jumped without noise, and the units advanced on the bridge in the town. Here three German guards
opened fire, but it was too late. The Soviet cavalry troops threw grenades into the houses used as quarters, while the
commie assault groups attacked German firing positions. The red raiders afterwards claimed that 15 German tanks were
put out of action. Actually five were destroyed. The remaining German tanks moved to the highway, but Soviet engineer
units had blown up the bridge. The night cavalry raid ended at 0500, and from then until daylight (in December, about
0800) the Soviet cavalry troops returned to their hidden assembly positions unnoticed by enemy aircraft."
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