Cavalry

Fairly elitist before the Great War and dominated aristocratic fops, the Soviet cavalry force was tra| formed after the Revolution. The typical p> I Revolution cavalryman could well have been a fori caretaker or gardener of an aristocrat's house. A se\< shortage of trained cavalrymen led to a massive ret"I ment drive with the slogan 'Proletarian, mount ¡a Anyone who had ever dealt with horses was enl> ■ and it became normal to see cavalrymen in pec.l clothing: ex-office workers in bowler hats and d jackets, ex-sailors in their famous beskozirkas m infantry jackboots, and peasants in fur hats and boots made of bast. By winter 1919 the cavalry ar I the Red Army numbered two corps, three deta ■

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•d detached brigades and making up • all Soviet armed forces. The First Pi Ttiya Konnaya Armiya, was the first x airy formation in the Red Army, and Kfr ..: to in words rather than figures. Its Scmion Budenny, later one of Stalin's uric a legendary figure in the 1930s, one Civil War heroes who survived the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Armies never ' k same degree of popular fame.

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