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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

"Although many people have never heard of them, the bicycle units of Poland's interwar military were involved in some of the most dramatic war episodes of the 20th century. Learning how bicycles made the difference during the Polish-Bolshevik War and World War II may just change what you think you know about the phenomenon of cycling.

The bicycle's entrance into Poland's military history was a grand one. Apparently its first use on the battlefield occurred during the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, the decisive episode of the Polish-Bolshevik War. Poland won the battle and eventually the entire conflict, deeply influencing the fate of all Europe. As one of the leaders of the losing Bolshevik side, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, said in 1923:…"
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HappyHussar27 Oct 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

Bikes are great for getting you around on roads and even cross country. Riding into battle on one is about as loony as arriving in a hot air balloon! :)

Walking Sailor27 Oct 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Dragoons! Almost the mobility of cavalry without the training (to ride) and none of the maintenance costs (fodder, farriers, stables, &c.). But get off before fighting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 11:06 a.m. PST

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