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Waffen SS Cavalry, Eastern Front World War II
Waffen SS Cavalry
SS Cavalry Combat, Eastern Front
© 2007
272 pages; 21 chapters and 7 appendixes
Waffen SS Cavalry is another unique QuikManeuvers.com publication, which
includes a wealth of material and combat analysis found nowhere else. The
organization, training, combat methods, and blood drenched battles of
Waffen
SS Cavalry
are described in a manner that will capture the attention of any
reader. The
rich history of Waffen SS Cavalry is recounted from the pre-war
years through the final days of the Third Reich. Every one of the
SS Cavalry
brigades and divisions fought on the Eastern Front. It was there in the open
steppes, tangled primeval forests, and burning cities such as Budapest that
Waffen SS Cavalry troops displayed the valor and steadfast combat
resolve
that was expected of the Waffen SS elite.
But the Waffen SS Cavalry was more than that. They were capable of
transitioning from close combat to rapid deep penetration much quicker than
pursuing SS infantry. Suddenly,
Waffen SS troops clinging to the steel hulls
of assault guns would crash forward, in a crescendo of fire and death. Fanning
out to a flank and seeing through the smoke dimly, would be
Waffen SS
horsemen
, racing to intercept the retreating enemy before they had time to
control their panic and dig in. Their advance was made more terrifying by the
howls of the
Waffen SS Cavalry Hound Detachment. If the enemy did stop,
the
Waffen SS Cavalry would loop around them in a wide enveloping
maneuver. As the half-drunk, fear crazed communist infantry trembled in the
dirt; the message that the war would soon be over for them was broadcast bye
the thundering hoofbeats of
Waffen SS cavalry.
Review Table of Contents
“In September 1944, two battalion-sized units of the 8th SS Cavalry Division practically wiped out a division of the
turncoat 4th Rumanian Army which was then subordinated to the 27th Soviet Army. The German cavalrymen were dug in
on heights 463 and 495 which constituted a battleground that was to become known as Bloody Hill, east of Budapest,
Hungary.
In spite of the fact that the German cavalry was well dug-in with many machine guns as well as artillery and Stuka dive
bomber support, the Soviets ordered the reluctant Rumanian 9th Infantry Division to make a direct assault. For the frontal
attack the Rumanians were supported by two heavy artillery regiments, six 120mm mortar companies, and five other
artillery battalions.
When the Rumanians sent a single infantry battalion forward on September 22, it was met by German machine gun
grazing fire, an artillery barrage and a Stuka attack. Not surprisingly, the German defensive fire slaughtered the
Rumanian battalion. The Rumanian corpses lay in piles and bloody lines across the battlefield. The highly lethal German
MG42 had scythed them down like so many rows of ripe wheat.
On the 23rd, the Rumanians threw in two fresh infantry battalions and that night an entire Rumanian infantry regiment
prepared for a daylight assault. On the 24th, several Rumanian battalions attacked the German held heights after a two
hour artillery barrage by over 200 Soviet and Rumanian artillery pieces.
During the 24th and 25th of September, fierce attacks and counter attacks took place around Height 463. The
Rumanians broke into the German trenches several times, only to be rapidly ejected by fierce German counter attacks.
On the 26th Of September the 3rd Battalion of the Rumanian 36th Infantry Regiment took Height 463 and later that day
the 3rd Battalion of the Rumanian 34th Infantry Regiment took Height 495. Although the Germans continued to
counterattack until nightfall, the Rumanians held on. Bloody Hill cost the Rumanian 9th Infantry Division 531 dead and
3757 wounded and missing. Total Rumanian losses in the combat area were over 7,000 men.”
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