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#1 yan taylor

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 07:25 PM

Hi everyone.

 

I have been searching for information regarding Dutch Cavalry (Hussars) in 1940 and what I have discovered is that they had five regiments serving prior to the German invasion.

 

The Hussar regiments were a mix of cyclists, motorcyclists and horse mounted squadrons and some may have had an attached armoured car squadron.

 

the regiments numbered 1 to 4 are almost identical but the fifth regiment was fully mounted and also had a horse artillery component.

 

Where I am getting confused is with the cyclist regiments which were located in the "light division", these are classed as Wielrijders (cyclists) and Motorriders (motorcycles), so are these regiments the same as the five Hussar regiments?

 

Thanks for any help.

Yan.


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#2 Durruti

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 11:02 PM

The people over at Axis History Forum might help: they have a section on minor Allied nations.



#3 yan taylor

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 07:37 PM

Yes, I posted a similar request over there, but alas no useful data was gleaned. 

 

They gave me a couple of links, but I had already explored them.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 08:41 PM

http://www.waroverho...my-organization

states:

 

The cavalry had a large variety in organisational units. We shall not be able to give the full specification on that. Basically units were formed in regiments that were either formed by four, five or six squadrons [equavalent to company, but smaller]. Squadrons were divided in platoons. The cavalry units were either equipped with horses, bicycles or motorbikes or a mixture of those. The armoured car squadrons were equipped with 12 off AFV's and one ACV, and were sub-divided in platoons of each three cars and a platoon of motor-hussars. The available section of five UC's [Cardon-Lloyd] had been sub-divided into three different sections. Two equipped with two UC's and one with the last remaining carrier.

Which doesn't add much to your original post.

This reference:

https://books.google...rs 1940&f=false

Does mention "motorcycle Hussars"

This is a gameing site but may be of use as it does have some low level OBs:

http://www.flamesofw...rlands-1940.pdf

This wiki article describes a battle that some Dutch Hussars were involved in.  By following the references and links you may turn up something:

https://en.wikipedia.../Battle_of_Mill

This hyperwar link may also be of interest:

http://www.ibiblio.o...ds/Ops-1940/#A1

It contains the following:

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  1. Four army corps each consisting of: The staff. Two infantry divisions, each consisting of the staff, three infantry brigades, one machine-gun company, one regiment divisional artillery, consisting of the staff and three brigades (two brigades armed with field guns of 7 cm. and one brigade with 12 cm. or 15 cm. howitzers) and one company of pioneers. The army corps troops consisting of: One regiment of hussars, consisting of the staff, two mounted squadrons, four cyclist squadrons, one machine-gun squadron, one anti-tank squadron, one platoon of mortars, and one platoon of tanks. One regiment of army corps artillery, but consisting only of one brigade of three batteries armed with 10 cm. medium artillery. The army corps train.
  2. One light division, consisting of the staff, two brigades of cyclists, two regiments of motor cyclist hussars, the corps of horse artillery, consisting of a staff and two brigades of artillery, armed with 7 cm. light field guns and the divisional train.

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There are a number of other references to Hussars in that document.  Using your browser search function will turn them up pretty quickly.

 

Hope this has been of some use.



#5 yan taylor

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

Thanks LWD, That last link does help me quite a lot and also gives me more info on even more units then I thought.

 

My suspicions were correct and we do have four types of regiment;

 

1st Cyclist Regiment
2nd Cyclist Regiment

 

1st Motorcycle Regiment
2nd Motorcycle Regiment

 

2nd Chasseurs Regiment

 

1st Hussar Regiment
2nd Hussar Regiment
3rd Hussar Regiment
4th Hussar Regiment
5th Hussar Regiment

 

I can only find data on the 2nd Chasseur Regiment, which I think is a motorized mounted rifles formation.

 

But it has pointed me in the right direction and finally I am getting somewhere, so thanks again.

 

Yan.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:20 PM

Hyperwar is a wonderful source.  Opana and others have done a magnificent job of making some really significant documents available.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:45 PM

Maybe this is usefull:
https://nubo.home.xs...ogier/ltdiv.htm
Als heel de hemel van papier was en al het water ter wereld inkt en al de bomen veranderden in pennen, dan nog zou ik al de verschrikkingen van deze oorlog niet hebben kunnen opteken ! If whole heaven was made of paper and all the water on the world was ink and all the trees were pencils, even then i would not be able to describe the horrors of this war" (Hette de Jong)

#8 yan taylor

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:31 AM

Thank you Ruud.

Are you familiar with that web site? I was wondering were the Chassuer regiments are located.

 

It seems that the I and II Hussar regiments were in fact disbanded and could have been replaced with the two motorcycle regiments that I mentioned above, that could be were the confusion came from.

 

Yan.



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Posted 13 January 2017 - 02:27 PM

These are the units before may 1940:

http://www.go2war2.n...rlog.htm?page=5

 

these are the units from start war:

http://www.go2war2.n...rlog.htm?page=6

 

And this site is also about the first days of war in Holland:

http://www.waroverholland.nl/

 

Hope this is helpfull.


Edited by Ruud, 13 January 2017 - 02:47 PM.

Als heel de hemel van papier was en al het water ter wereld inkt en al de bomen veranderden in pennen, dan nog zou ik al de verschrikkingen van deze oorlog niet hebben kunnen opteken ! If whole heaven was made of paper and all the water on the world was ink and all the trees were pencils, even then i would not be able to describe the horrors of this war" (Hette de Jong)

#10 yan taylor

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:01 PM

Superb Ruud and thanks.

 

Yan.






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