Originally Posted by Earl_of_Rochester
However, with the dawn of modern warfare and the rise of the machine gun in WW1 the famous cavalry charge became out of date and suicidal, yet still in a few cases there were exceptions, even in the relatively modern period of WWII. The Polish were famous for being wiped out by the Germans in their cavalry charges earlier in the war
Thats actually more a myth than truth but here you got the list of charges of Polish cavalry in 1939: Charge at Krojanty 01.09.1939:
2 squadrons of Polish cavalry succesfully charged 800 german infantry from rear. They were forced to retreat by armoured vehicles which appeared from nearby forest. 25 Polish soldiers died. German looses unknown (probably bigger). Charge at Mokra 01. 09.1939
Succesfull charge of 2 squadrons against units of 4th panzer division which were getting rest in the forest. Janow, Krzynowolga Mala 01.09.1939:
Unit of polish cavalry succesfully charge unit of german cavalry on the edge of forest. German cavalry fled. Borowa - 02. 09.
1st squadron of 19th regiment of Volhynia uhlans charged squadron of german cavalry which which retreated without trying to fight. Minsk Mazowiecki - 13. 09
1st squadron of 2nd regiment of Grochow uhlans charged Germans. The charge was broken, heavy casualties of Poles. Maliszewo - 13. 09.
1st squadron of 27th regiment of uhlans charged repulsed German troops capturing many prisoners and taking town Maliszewo. Krasnobrod - 23. 09.
1st squadron of 25th uhlan regiment charged, suffered heavy casualties but took the town of Krasnobrod, capturing the HQ of German 8th infantry division. Against charge of polish uhlans charged unit of german cavalry which was broken and forced to retreat. Husynne - 24. 09.
About 500 polish cavalry who were the reserves of 14th regiment of uhlans and squadron of horse police charged against Soviet infantry regiment. When soviets saw Polish cavalry charging didnt even try to fight but run away and pursuing cavalry caused heavy soviet casualties. Against Polish charge came unit of soviet tanks causing also heavy casualties between Poles and forcing them to retreat. Morace - 26. 09.
27th regiment of uhlans charged german infantry batalion. Polish charge was broken, 20 uhlans died and 50 were wounded.
Cavalry was rather used as mounted infantry and was also armed in swedish bofors antitank cannons and anti tank rifle's of polish design (which was able to pierce armours of all german tanks which were used in Poland). Unfortunatelly the antitank rifle was a secret weapon and most of the units recived it 30.08.1939, a day before war.