And then yesterday (following the announcement of the Death Sentences for the foreign members of the Hitlerite Azov Battalion) Zelensky ordered his Neo-Nazi thugs to dug up the grave of this Red ArmyThr Hero and desecrate his remains as a matter of revenge! The message is clear – how dare the Russians stand up to Western imperislism in the past and in the present!
The concept of the ‘carbine’ may well have originated during the late 1500s in France and referred to the weapon these ‘Light’ Cavalrymen used to carry. In this instance, this may well have been a ‘slang’ term used in the French language which referred to mounted archers from Flanders who were considered deadly shots and sure bringers of ‘death’! (The association is unclear but may refer to an assumed connection between the ‘carrion beetle’ and the ‘plague’, etc). Whatever the origin, a ‘carbine’ appears to refer to a ‘short’ and highly effective weapon carried when sat in the saddle and used when riding the horse whether into or out of battle. The 1938 ‘Carbine’ Model measured just 1020 mm (or 3.4 feet) long (minus a bayonet) – and fired a round measuring 7.62 mm! The ‘Carbine’ Model 1938 was sighted to fire up to 1000 meters! The Izhevsk Machine-Manufacturing Plant was the only place equipped for producing this ‘Carbine’ between 1941-1942 – during the height of the ‘Great Patriotic war’ – when the workers of this factory produced over 1,106,510 which were sent immediately for frontline service!
After the February Revolution of 1917, he was a Member of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, a Delegate to the Seventh (April) All-Russian Conference and the Sixth Congress of the RSDLP (b). From March 1917 – Chairman of the Lugansk Committee of the Bolsheviks, from August – the Lugansk Council and the City Duma (until September 1917).
The time of severe trials proved the expediency of organizing a special fund of selected horse stock. In total, about three million horses came from the national economy to the front. Even more of them would be needed if, thanks to a well-organized military Veterinary Service, the vast majority of slightly wounded and sick animals did not return to Service – but were returned to the Home-Front to continue their vital patriotic services. However, more than a million uncomplaining Soviet War-Horse died in the anti-fascist war! Already, by 1942, the USSR was short of horses – with the shortfall being met by purchases from its allies in Mongolia!
It is remarkable to consider that although the Red Army Cavalry were issued were ‘Carbines’ in 1941, this was not before massed men on horses had launched traditional Cavalry charges against the Nazi German Army as it moved into the USSR from June 22nd onwards, in 1941! Indeed, the 6th and 36th Divisions of Red Army Cavalry were literally ‘wiped-out’ as every man and horse was lost when they ‘charged’ at advancing Nazi Germany tanks in West Ukraine at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945)!
In general, the combination of today’s ‘unusual’ cavalry soldier with this type of horse is very far, unfortunately, from the image that is desirable or associated with a ‘traditional’ cavalryman. Meanwhile, a ‘pike’ (or ‘lance’) is good only in the hands of an excellent rider, sitting on an excellent and well-trodden horse! History sufficiently proves (through a number of examples) that in the absence of these two vital attributes – the pike is only a burden that rushes into battle without finding any effective use for itself!