In this 1917 illustration, Cossacks are shown clashing with Austrian cavalry during World War I. Toward the end of 1914, Russia deployed Cossacks to fight on the Western Front against the German and Austro-Hungarian troops. By summer of 1915, the Russian army was in full retreat.

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In this 1917 illustration, Cossacks are shown clashing with Austrian cavalry during World War I. Toward the end of 1914, Russia deployed Cossacks to fight on the Western Front against the German and Austro-Hungarian troops. By summer of 1915, the Russian army was in full retreat.