This is a long-awaited translation of a definitive account of the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Michael Alpert examines the origins, formation and performance of the Republican Army and sets the Spanish Civil War in its broader military context. He explores the conflicts between communists and Spanish anarchists about how the war should be fought, as well as the experience of individual conscripts, problems of food, clothing and arms, and the role of women in the new army. The book contains extensive discussion of international aspects, particularly the role of the International Brigades and of the Soviet Russian advisers. Finally, it discusses the final uprising of professional Republican officers against the Government and the almost unconditional surrender to Franco. Professor Alpert also provides detailed statistics for the military forces available to Franco and to the Republic and biographies of the key figures on both sides.
paulrward wrote:I must respectfully disagree with a comment made by Mr. Ironmachine, "Horsed cavalry charging with the sabre was still considered the mission of cavalry."
paulrward wrote:The three basic missions of the cavalry, in virtually every nation that has ever used them, are:
1. To scout for the Army, and prevent enemy cavalry from scouting their Army by screening it's movements,
2. To harass enemy lines of supply and communication, and prevent the enemy cavalry from doing the same to friendly lines of supply and communications, and,
3. To take advantage of any retreat by the enemy, preventing the retreating enemy army from breaking contact with friendly forces, in order to turn the enemy retreat into a rout, and, in the case of a retreat by their own army, to prevent the enemy cavalry from routing the friendly army.
paulrward wrote:Only in the third mission, when the cavalry may be called upon to attack retreating infantry or artillery, or to counter-attack an enemy cavalry unit, would the cavalry be called upon to charge with sabers.
paulrward wrote:In the SCW, both sides made use of horse cavalry in regions where the terrain was unfavorable to mechanized units, and it was effective.
paulrward wrote:In fact, certain intelligence reports in the 1970s indicated that the Soviets were considering deploying horse cavalry units aboard specially built, extra-large nuclear submarines for the purpose of carrying out amphibious attacks on unprotected shoreline areas. When questioned about this possibility, one senior General in the U.S. Army's Strategic Planning Division stated that this combination of submarines and cavalry could prove to be " A real stinker to deal with..."
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