“Fighters-Dzhigits, Having Drawn Blades and Daggers, Shook Them in the Air...”: the Combat History of the 115th Cavalry Division in the Light of New Sources
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“Fighters-Dzhigits, Having Drawn Blades and Daggers, Shook Them in the Air...”: the Combat History of the 115th Cavalry Division in the Light of New Sources
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Aleksej Bezugolniy 
Affiliation: Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

The article is devoted to the analysis of the short combat path of one of the national formations formed during the Great Patriotic War — the 115th Kabardino-Balkar Cavalry Division. Finding itself at the forefront of the enemy offensive at the end of July 1942, the division was able to withstand virtually only a few heavy battles with tank formations of the Wehrmacht. The whole drama of the Red Army was reflected in the tragic fate of the division. The article is based on the archival material of the Russian archives (first of all, the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation), as well as German operational documents, which was introduced into scientific circulation for the first time.

The Great Patriotic War, national military formations of the Red Army, the Wehrmacht
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