57th Cavalry Division (Soviet Union)

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57th Cavalry Division
Active 1 August 1941 - 3 February 1942
Country Soviet Union
Allegiance Red Army
Branch Cavalry
Size Division

The 57th Cavalry Division was a cavalry formation of the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War.

It was formed from 1 August to October 1941 at Ferghana in the Central Asia Military District.

The division was part of the second wave of cavalry division formed during the war. The division spent almost three months in the rear before being deployed to the front. In October the division moved to the Volga Military District to join the 10th Army.[1]

The division along with the 41st, 75th Cavalry Divisions to Mishulin's Cavalry Group as the mobile group for the 10th Army. The group minus the 41st Cavalry Division was assigned to attack the flank of the German 2nd Panzer Army south of Tula. Before the group was fully committed the group was assigned to the 1st Guards Cavalry Corps.[1]

It was then transferred to the 1st Guards Cavalry Corps of the Western Front - January 1942 to 21 March 1942. Then the division participated in one of the greatest cavalry raids of the war. On the night of 26–27 January 1942 the Corps slipped across the lines into the German 4th Army's rear areas and began what would be a six month operation against the German supply lines.[1]

The division was dissolved on 3 February 1942, and portions were used to replenish the 1st Guards Cavalry Division.[1]

Composition[edit]

  • 212th Cavalry Regiment
  • 218th Cavalry Regiment
  • 225th Cavalry Regiment

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sharp, Charles (1995). Red Sabers. Nafizger Press.