Horses were used in logistics, not on the battlefield.
The cavalry used in WWII engaged in the most lightweight tasks assigned to special groups - operated on back the enemy by doing a quick raids, ambushes, attacking caravans and wreaking havoc actions afflicted.
The development of military technology, especially l arms and artillery caused a slow loss of
the importance of classic cavalry formations. Fixed lines of trenches, dam engineering, and especially machine guns prevented the use of cavalry
Further development of techniques focused primarily on armored vehicles and aircraft meant that in World War II, only few armies had cavalry units ( Polish and German both had cavarly units , not used as only logistic means ) .
Heroic action in the Polish cavalry in September Campaign (the famous riding charge of Krojanty), could not change the fact that the cavalry of the past go away already.
Birth of a myth
General Heinz Guderian, commander of 19 Corps, wrote, "we were able to completely encircle the enemy in a wooded area north of Schwetz and west of Graudenz. Pomeranian Cavalry Brigade in total ignorance of our arsenal, made the charge at our works with sabers and lances incurring huge losses. "But it was not an attack on tanks but on regular troops ( with heavy equipment at the disposal like cannons ) causing heavy losses in German army .
After this attack, the Germans were brutally destroyed and ridiculed , so they decided to take revenge by creating a false myth. German military officials brought to the place of the Polish cavalry charge two war correspondents:
William L Shirer and Indro Montanellego. Journalists were informed that the shambles we saw was the result of an attack Polish cavalry against German tanks. None of the correspondents did not watch live scenes of combat. The journalists could rely solely on verbal relations of Germans and what they saw on the spot.
Their relationship, along with the report of General Guderian, gave rise to the myth of Polish cavalry attacking tanks with lances .Shirer described his memories of his battle shown in the "Berlin Diary" in 1941 and in the book "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" . In the latter, published in 1959 wrote a book: "Horses against tanks! Long lance cavalry against tanks ! Although brave, heroic and mad, attack the Poles had no chance against the German artillery. "
Mention of the alleged charge then appeared in many books, magazines and so-called "documents" of war, which often showed the scene of the attack the Polish cavalry armed with lances and only sabers against German tanks. More recently still, in 2007,
World War II magazine in its special collector's edition titled "Blitzkrieg" put pictures of the Pomeranian Cavalry Brigade during maneuvers. The caption was: "Pomeranian Cavalry Brigade attacked with lances and swords as their medieval predecessors,"