Discussion of the myth and the reality of the Cossacks as people and as soldiers. Their reputation of fierce fighters trained from a young age in horsemanship and how to use weapons. Trained by experienced warriors how to use these skilled in combat practices. Their special role in the Tsars Army as light calvary. Their wartime reputation as a tremendous fighting force from their enemies Napoleon and the Ottoman Turks. Their control of autonomous Cossack Communities and their anti Jewish view point and their role in the Programs against Jews in Russia..