44th Mongolian Cavalry
December 11, 2012 10:55 PM Subscribe
The last Cavalry Charge. That's how I remember it, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. In the winter of 1941 a troop of cavalry attacked a German armored column. They were not successful.
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Some ten years ago I downloaded a riveting narrative about a troop of Cavalry, probably defending the siege of Moscow in November, 1941. The writer seems to have been a German officer who was in the armored column.
He describes the scene using spare yet vivid phrases--the officers leaning over their horses' necks, snow flying from the hooves, and the terrible inevitable consquence of horse cavalry against a few dozens of well-trained machine gunners. The gunners were stunned by the charge, and they sat behind their guns until their reverie was broken by the screaming, charging horsemen.
They fired and the first wave was mowed down. They sat in stunned silence as the second wave of horsemen came upon, and they fired, but one or two of the cavalary officers made it through the hail of steel, and actually leaped his mount over one of the trucks before he was cut down. The gunners killed all of the second wave. And the third. And the next. And the next. In the end, some 2000 men and their horses lay dead in the snow around the German column.
My poor rendition pales compared to the diary of the German officer who told this story. I have long since (over 10 years) lost the link where I found this. I can't seem to find the hard copy that I made. It's a fairly short narrative, perhaps five or six hundred words.
I can't find it. Google fails me, except for one possible link,which is in Russain, which I don't read.
My recollection is that the Cavalry unit was the 44th Mongolian Cavalry. They weren't Mongols, but I believe they were either Russian or Polish, and they were stationed in Mongolia, probably even were mounted on stubby little Mongolian ponies.
Here is the only relevant link I found. My babel translator seems to think this narrative resembles the one I remember.
Can the Metamind find the English narrative?