Thursday, September 28, 2023

Russia sends troops into battle on the backs of horses

The Russian army still sends troops into battle on the backs of four-legged creatures.

Local media reported that Russians now use their horses to transport weapons and equipment to hard-to-reach places.

The horses were brought to Ukraine from Russia’s autonomous republic of Bashkiria.


The horses were brought to Ukraine at the request of the regiment commander with the call sign “Bashkir,” in which the mobilized from the republic serve.

“We can use shishigas [GAZ-66 trucks] and quad bikes. But with them, there is a risk of being detected. But in the morning dawn on horses, we can silently and discreetly deliver everything we need to the combat positions. On two horses, it’s about 200 kilograms. You can make two trips in the morning,” Bashkir said.

It’s also important to note that horses and camels are still used in some modern armies.

For example, Poland actively uses horses to patrol the border area with Belarus, where there are many marshes. Germany, the United States, and Chile also have horseback units that are used for covert special operations.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense adviser and a consultant. He graduated in business management and worked at leading European defense companies before becoming a military journalist. read more



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