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Wealdmaster07 Aug 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

In "Officers and Soldiers of the French Army, 1940", Andre Jouineau shows a machine gunner of the 6th cuirassiers and says this regiment was still mounted. Any other evidence support a claim that French troops were conducting mounted operations in 1940?

Daniel S07 Aug 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Plenty of of mounted troops in the French army in 1940 as half of the combat brigades in the DLC (Division Légère de Cavalerie) were mounted as were a number of independent cavalry brigades. link

However based on the sources I have the 6e régiment de cuirassiers was not a mounted unit but rather a recon regiment with Panhard 178 armoured cars in the 1st DLM link

Perhaps a typo as the 5e régiment de cuirassiers was a mounted unit in the 2nd DLC.

Martin Rapier07 Aug 2018 11:29 p.m. PST

As above, the DLC were cavalry divisions. The Germans also employed their 1st Cavalry Division in France.

Wealdmaster08 Aug 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

Interesting, perhaps then some mounted troops are to be painted and they can be in the rear and then move up like dragoons and dismount to fight.

Maha Bandula08 Aug 2018 7:51 p.m. PST
Legion 409 Aug 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

Nice models ! But in many cases the horse cav units at the beginning of WWII were "fighting the last war" in their arms, organization and deployment.

Martin Rapier09 Aug 2018 11:49 p.m. PST

Perhaps, but I have masses of WW2 cavalry, particularly Russian and Rumanian, and even a fair amount of German (as each infantry division had a cavalry recce squadron).

Legion 411 Aug 2018 7:37 a.m. PST

I too have a number of 6mm Horse Cav squadrons in my Sci-fi forces … wink


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lou passejaire12 Aug 2018 9:17 a.m. PST

you must count the "cavalry regiments" as "motorized infantry regiments" riding horses , due to the lack of vehicles …

DLC were partly motorized divisions :
with a Cavalry Brigade of 2 horse mounted regiments
and a motorized brigade of an armoured car regiment and a dragons portés regiment

the only French cavalry charge during WW2 was the charges of a Free French Moroccan Spahis unit on Italian troops in Erytrea .

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