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1940-41 CAVALRY DIVISION

for the Greek Army in Spearhead

by Dimitris Christodoulou & John Moher


  The Cavalry Division - 1940-41               Morale: Regular                  GK

Divisional HQ:
1-HQ Cavalry Stand
1-Cavalry Stand

1st Cavalry Regiment
See "The Cavalry Brigade"

3rd Cavalry Regiment
Regiment HQ:
1-HQ Cavalry Stand
Regimental MG Squadron:
3-Mounted MG Platoon Stands
Regimental Mortar Squadron:
1-Mounted 81mm Medium Mortar Stand
I/3rd Cavalry Group (Battalion)
Cavalry Group HQ:
1-HQ Cavalry Stand
1st Cavalry Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands
2nd Cavalry Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands
II/3rd Cavalry Group (Battalion)
Cavalry Group HQ:
1-HQ Cavalry Stand
3rd Cavalry Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands
4th Cavalry Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands

The Motorised Cavalry Regiment
Regiment HQ:
1-HQ Stand/Car
Regimental MG Squadron:
3-MG Platoon Stands/Trucks
Regimental Mortar Squadron:
1-81mm Medium Mortar Stand/Truck
I Motorised Cavalry Group (Battalion)
Cavalry Group HQ:
1-HQ Stand/Car
Motorised Reconnaissance Squadron:
?
1st Motorised Cavalry Squadron:
4-Rifle Stands/Trucks
II Motorised Cavalry Group (Battalion)
Cavalry Group HQ:
1-HQ Stand/Car
2nd Motorised Cavalry Squadron:
4-Rifle Stands/Trucks
3rd Motorised Cavalry Squadron:
4-Rifle Stands/Trucks

IX Division Reconnaissance Group
Reconnaissance Group HQ:
HQ:1-HQ Cavalry Stand
Support: 1-Mounted MG Platoon Stand
1st Reconnaissance Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands
2nd Reconnaissance Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands

X Division Reconnaissance Group
Reconnaissance Group HQ:
HQ:1-HQ Cavalry Stand
Support: 1-Mounted MG Platoon Stand
1st Reconnaissance Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands
2nd Reconnaissance Squadron:
4-Cavalry Stands


Divisional Assets and Support Troops:

Cavalry Brigade Mounted MG Group
See "The Cavalry Brigade"

Notes:
  • B (Beta - II) Corps Reconnaissance Group only until 23 December 1940)
  • D (Delta - IV) Corps Reconnaissance Group only from 25 November 1940 until 19 December 1940
  • The Cavalry Brigade was the first Greek Cavalry formation mobilised, its GOC was Colonel (of the Cavalry) Dhimáratos Sokrátis. The Brigade was initially independent, however it was quickly placed under command of the Cavalry Division, and then on 01 January 1941 it's Headquarters was disbanded and the 1st Cavalry Regiment and Mounted MG Group were subordinated directly to the Cavalry Division.
  • The ½ Stands of Mortars should be treated as normal stands except -1 on DEF (i.e. DEF 4), -1 on Fire (e.g. indirect AI 3 not 4), and -1 on Smoke (i.e. 4+ to suceed, instead of 3+).
  • Possibly 1st Cavalry Regiment could be classified as Veteran.
  • Greek Order Changes are successful on a throw of 6, Artillery Response for Battalion Supports succeeds on 4+, for Divisional & Corps weapons on 5+ if they are deployed in prepared positions, otherwise a 6 is required. Greek Artillery can never be in General Support and must be attached to individual battalions.

Authors: Dimitris Christodoulou & John Moher

The Cavalry Division also took the Cavalry Brigade under command after the first few weeks of the campaign. Cavalry Components: 1st Cavalry Regiment (ex-Cavalry Brigade 01 January 1941) 3rd Cavalry Regiment The Motorised Cavalry Regiment (Transferred to VIII Division, 07 November 1940) IX Divisional Reconnaissance Group (Disbanded 22 January 1941) X Divisional Reconnaissance Group (Disbanded 22 January 1941) Infantry Components: II/5th Infantry Battalion (From 03 October until 10 October 1940) I/7th Infantry Battalion (From 03 October until 10 October 1940) 4th Infantry Regiment - less 1 Btn (From 31 October until 12 December 1940) I/7th Infantry Battalion (From 31 October until 12 December 1940) 66th Infantry Regiment (From 13 November until 18 November 1940) 50th Infantry Regiment (From 01 December until 06 December 1940) I/51st Infantry Battalion (From 01 December until 10 December 1940) 21st Infantry Brigade (April 1941 - But deployed separately) Divisional Artillery: Horse Artillery Group - 75mm (Transferred to XII Division on 01 February 1941) Mountain Artillery Group - 65mm (formed on the 09 January 1941) Skoda Portée Battery - 75mm Xb Mountain Artillery Group - 75/19 Howitzers Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group - 20mm & 37mm FlaK Independent Pack Anti-Aircraft Battery - 20mm FlaK Other Division Components: Cavalry Division Sapper Troop Cavalry Division Signals Squadron Mounted Machine Gun Group (ex-Cavalry Brigade 01 January 1941) Operational History & Detailed OOBs: Divisional Artillery Horse Artillery Group: Group HQ 2 Mounted Batteries (each 4 - Krupp 75mm Field Guns) Mountain Artillery Group: Group HQ 2 Mountain Artillery Batteries (each 4 - 65mm Mountain Guns & Pack Animals) Skoda Portée Battery (4 - 75mm Skoda Moutain Guns on Trucks) XIb Mountain Artillery Group: Group HQ 2 Mountain Batteries (each 4 - 75/19 Howitzers) Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group: Group HQ I Medium Anti-Aircraft Battery (4 - 37mm FlaK) II Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (4 - 20mm FlaK) III Portée Anti-Aircraft Battery (4 - 20mm FlaK on Trucks) Independent Pack Anti-Aircraft Battery (4 - 20mm FlaK & Pack Animals) Divisional Sapper Troop Divisional Signals Squadron

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