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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2020 8:38 p.m. PST

"In 1757, Russia was expecting a change of rulers, but nobody was able to predict just when this change would take place.

The 48-year-old Empress Elizabeth was very ill and already an old woman by the standards of that time. Her expected heir was her nephew Peter Fyodorovich, who had been waiting for some time for his aunt to die. Peter's wife Catherine, meanwhile, could not stand him. Yet the couple had one thing in common: they both detested the ruling empress, who hated them in return.

In parallel with this court battle, Russia was engaged in a real war, one that involved not barbed remarks and hostile glares, but exploding projectiles and dying soldiers…"
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von Schwartz30 Oct 2020 2:04 p.m. PST

Does that explain why 90% of their cavalry was in such an abysmal state? They were switching Cuirassiers to Horse grenadiers, and visa versa and all but 3 of their 25 or so dragoon regiments were unfit to take the field due to lack of training and horse. Many of their Cuirassier/Horse Grenadier units were under strength, untrained or poorly trained, and lacking horses as well. Although their heavies and mediums boasted book strengths of 5 squadrons they could barely scrape together 3 squadrons. They were indeed unprepared.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 8:12 p.m. PST

Thanks!.

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jambo103 Dec 2020 10:13 p.m. PST

Good information von Schwartz, Russia not my sphere so nice to learn something new.

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