Cavalry

The Plains of Poland

Battle Cavalry Germany Poland 30 Min Read

The Second World War began with a terrific gamble. At dawn on 1 September 1939, a huge German army rolled across the 1,250-mile Polish border. The attack was spearheaded by Panzers, seven divisions of them. No one had tried such a strategy before. It was not one of the terror tactics that the Germans had perfected during the Spanish Civil…

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German Cavalry on the Eastern Front: WWI

Throughout the war on the Eastern Front, the German cavalry played a more active and traditional role than in France. With localized exceptions, World War I from the Baltic coast to Rumania remained a war of movement. It could not be otherwise. Between Riga and the mouth of the Danube…

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Nizza Cavalryman 1848

One of the decisions of the Congress of Vienna (1815) was the creation of the kingdom of Sardinia (Piedmont), which also encompassed the former republic of Genoa. The House of Savoy soon lost independence and became Austrian vassals, and the desire for freedom put Piedmont at the forefront of the…

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Gettysburg – East Cavalry Field – July 3, 1863 Part I

The week leading up to Gettysburg was an arduous one for Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart and his cavalry division. Stuart’s task was gathering intelligence while screening the right flank of Richard Ewell’s Second Corps as it moved north. Leaving two brigades behind under Brig. Gens. Beverley Robertson…

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Gettysburg – East Cavalry Field – July 3, 1863 Part II

Captain Alanson Randol’s four-gun Federal battery arrived and dropped trail just south of the Lott house, opening blistering fire on the Confederates on Cress Ridge. Pennington’s battery joined in to good effect. “Never was there more accurate and effective fire delivered by the artillery than by the guns of Randol…

Cavalry Germany 36 Min Read

GERMAN CAVALRY OF 1870 Part I

The 7th Cuirassiers’ charge by Franz Amling, 1890. Late 19th century Prussian Dragoons and Uhlans Late 19th century Prussian Hussars and Light Cavalry Prior to the dawn of mechanized warfare in the early twentieth century, and indeed for several decades thereafter, no element of the Western world’s armies so evoked…

Cavalry Germany 33 Min Read

GERMAN CAVALRY OF 1870 Part II

Heinrich XVII, Prince ReuĂź, on the side of the 5th Squadron I Guards Dragoon Regiment at Mars-la-Tour, 16 August 1870. Emil HĂĽnten, 1902. Late 19th century Prussian Cuirassiers The German cavalry of 1870 also continued a tactical employment of horsemen and horse-artillery dating back to Napoleon I. The French emperor…

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  The Mamluks under Baibars (yellow) fought off the Franks and the Mongols during the…