Hurahh and welcome to the first Red Cavalry blog post!
I will make some posts on background, modeling, painting and gaming with the Red Cavalry. The focus is on 28mm scale and the ruleset used is Chain of Command (CoC). So why collect and game such a strange force as cavalry in a WW2 game? Mainly because:
Murmurs from parts the gaming group about the usefulness of cavalry in WW2 made me even more into research on the subject. I should show them the usefulness of the saber charge! Especially as I intended to write the rules myself… There was a cavalry list for CoC in Operation Winter Storm but I did not know about it when I started out writing my own. I made an comprehensive list covering all the war that I have used so far, but especially the rules for mounted cavalry still need more playtesting. The list have been posted on the CoC forum ("Soviet Cavalry List" topic) and an updated version will be posted here when I have done more playtesting.
A mounted cavalry platoon. It is such a force I intend to be able to field in CoC (note the tracks in the snow, probably from the photographer!)
Cossack cavalry on parade, somewhere it was stated the picture is from 1937. Probably the first squadron of a regiment. A very wild guess is that the men are from the "1st Zaporozhe Cossack Cavalry Division", a pre-war unit that was formed to the 32nd Cavalry Division in 1938 in the Kiev Special Military District. Cossack units were raised both before and during the war. PROLETAIRER ALLER LÄNDER, VERENIGT EUCH!
Riding in style on an 45mm AT-gun. Cossacks were known to cross water obstacles standing on their swimming horses!