During the most crucial phase of the battle for Moscow, the 16th Army was bootsed by cavalry units from the 17th, 20th and 44th Divisions, each 3000 mean strong from Outer Mongolia. However the cavalry was scarcely mobile as the horses were not shod for winter despite the ground armound Moscow was already being frozen. Mear Mussino, between Vololamsk and Klin, the mists lifted after the foggy morning of November 17 to reveal the edge of a forest stretching as far as the eye could see. Ahead of B-Position of the German 3rd Battery, 107th Artillery Regiment were snow covered fields dotted with small bare bushes. To the right were rows of straw-thatched hovels. Suddenly, four Russian tanks appeared from nowhere, halting at the huts where the 3rd Battery had been quartered. The AT gunners opened fire. In a flash, mounted cavalry hurtled out of the woods, at first singly, then in vast numbers forming up in the twinkling of an eye. Stirrup to stirrup, bent low over their horse manes and brandishing sabers, the cavalry raced over the fields in a full gallop. The 3rd Battery fired over open sights. . .