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There are few more heroic and stirring sights than Polish cavalry dashing
themselves in a desperate charge against German armoured might; lance against
Krupp steel… Only, it largely of course didn't happen. Gallant though they
were, the Polish Cavalryman was no fool. After reforms in 1936 the Polish
cavalry was reorganised into twenty six regiments, of four squadrons each with
one hundred and twenty men in each squadron. They were supported by HMG and
anti-tank squadrons, backed too with tankettes and infantry on bicycles. Sadly
for the romantics amongst us, the lance had been retired and was used largely
for ceremonial purposes.
The cavalry force was still the best equipped, best trained and indeed
largest mounted force in the world, but its role of dashing cavalry had been
sensibly changed to that of a “fire brigade”, that is a mounted reserve of
quality mounted infantry. They rode to the theatre of operations then dismounted
and fought with conventional rifle and machine guns, where they fought well
against a determined and more mechanised aggressor.
This is not to deny the Polish cavalry their due however, as there were
recorded sixteen cavalry charges in World War 2, some of which carried the day,
though most were with sabre , and few , if any at all, against armoured
Warlord Games however salute the brave Poles, whose motto was “Honour and
Fatherland”, and we supply models with lances for the old fashioned cavalry
types who still hear the snorting of the horses and the jangle of the bits
before the trumpeter sounded the
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