A Polish cavalry squadtron on maneuvers in Poland, April 29 1939
In 1939, the Polish army still maintained cavalry squadrons, something which had served them well during the Polish-Soviet War in 1921. A myth however emerged that the Polish cavalry led desperate charges against the tanks of the invading Germans, pitting horsemen against armor vehicles. The truth is, while cavalry units did encounter armored divisions on occasion, their targets were ground infantry and their charges were in fact often effective. It was Nazi and Soviet propaganda that helped fuel the myth of the noble-yet-backward Polish cavalry trying to defeat the obvious superior forces of Nazi Germany and the USSR.
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