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Dragoon employment on the field

 

What was the purpose of a Dragoon?

 

          The word dragoon hails from a time when horses ruled the battlefield. While regular heavy cavalry was meant to fight while mounted, the purpose of a Dragoon trooper was mobility. These troops would ride to their specified location and dismount to then fight as a form of “light infantry.” They could fight from the saddle as well however were mainly trained to adopt infantry tactics when dismounted. This ability gave their commanders greater flexibility as their troops were trained in various tactical skills and situations. 

          During the formation of the 1st Polish Armoured Division, it was recognized that tanks unaccompanied by infantry would soon fall prey to personal anti-tank (A-Tk) weapons such as the panzerfaust.  The study of blitzkrieg tactics had shown how important it was for armoured infantry to move at the same pace of the tanks. These troops would dismount from their vehicles in the heat of battle and remove pockets of enemy infantry resistance in support of the tank regiments. In turn, the tanks provided the anti-infantry firepower with the 75mm and 17 pound guns to support the dismounted troops. With this concept in mind the divisional reconnaissance regiment was reorganized and the 10th Dragoon Regiment was born. The regiment included A-tk guns, line infantry squadrons, heavy mortar and communications sections all designed to fight as in integral part of the fast moving armoured division. Organic infantry elements such as the 9th Flanders Rifle Batt, also part of the 1st Armoured Division, were designed to fulfill the more traditional infantry roles. 

Dragoon employment on the field