Armored Units of the Russian Civil War: White and Allied by David Bullock

By David Bullock

Essentially the most vital conflicts of the twentieth century, the Russian Civil warfare was once the fight that ended in the formation of the Soviet Union. Following the overthrow of the Russian Provisional executive on 7 November 1917, the All-Russian Congress of Soviets met and passed over strength to the Soviet Council of People's Commissars. instantly forces started to gather against the Bolshevik regime, and those turned often called the Whites. This name examines the armour they'd at their disposal through the process the struggle. It used to be a various assortment together with British and French automobiles and, might be such a lot famously, the armoured trains that enabled the Whites to dominate a lot of Siberia.

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Running down a blade (erroneously called 'blood channels') were a method of reducing weight without reducing strength, the deepest channels being found on weapons designed solely for the thrust. Guards varied from the single knuckle-bow or quillon type, providing little protection, to the basket-hilt version, sometimes almost enclosing the entire hand, and counter-balancing too greatly the weight of the blade. But in the hands of a proficient trooper, the sabre, whether blunt or sharp, could inflict horrific injuries, amputations and decapitations being very common.

90. 6. Quoted in Glover, Wellington's Army, p. 5 I. 7. , p. 55. 8. Quoted in Oman, Wellington's Army, p. 77. 9. Quoted in Glover, Wellington's Army, p. 167. 10. Quoted in Duffy, Borodino, p. 37. 1 I. Quoted in Duffy, Austerlitz, p. 36. 12. James, Regimental Companion, II, p. 200. 13. Oman, Wellington's Army, pp. 74-5. 14. Cooper, p. 13. 15. , pp. 16-17. 16. Manual for Vol. , pp. 30-35. 17. Hanger, Reflections on the Menaced Invasion, pp. 159-60. 18. Wellington to Earl Bathurst, 24 June 1813 (quoted 'Despatches' X, p.

Briefly the term 'demi-brigade' replaced 'regiment' during the Revolutionary Wars, each demi-brigade divided into four squadrons of two companies each, each of I 16 men; but in practice a whole demi-brigade rarely averaged above 200 or 300 men. Shortages of horses led to the reduction of the French heavy arm by 1803 to fourteen regiments, and in 1805 twenty-four dragoon regiments were given a mixed establishment of three mounted and two dismounted squadrons each, the latter formed into six-company battalions, two of which formed a dismounted regiment, and three regiments a division.

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