War and Military History
China in WW2
When was the US cavalry started?
Asked in World War 2, Vietnam War, US in WW2, George Patton
George S Patton Jr horse cavalry?
Asked in Theodore Roosevelt
What was the nickname given to Roosevelt's cavalry regiment?
Who was the general who led the us cavalry at the battle of little big horn?
Asked in Vietnam War, Decade - 1960s
How old is the first Cavalry division?
1st Cav Div established in 1921. 1st Air Cav Div established in 1965. Or, stated in Army terms, 1st Cavalry Divison (Airmobile). The US Horse Cavalry was written off by Congress in '42 and replaced by the tank (Armor units). The last US horse cavalry fight was conducted by the US 26th Cavalry (Horse) in the Philippines in 1942...US horses verses Japanese Type 95 light tanks.
What are the people that ride in the cavalry called?
What was the name given to the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry that fought in the Spanish-American War?
Asked in US Civil War
Who is george b mccellan?
What volunteer cavalry unit fought in the famous land battle San Juan Hill?
Why had new military technology changed the role of the cavalry in the US Civil War?
What was condition the Union cavalry at the beginning of the US Civil War?
As the US Civil War unfolded, it became clear that the US cavalry was not a strong overall battle unit. Historians claim that the Union cavalry was at a distinct disadvantage in comparison to the Confederate cavalry. Generally speaking, the US Army never had a horse mounted fighting tradition. Part of this was due to the expense of funding such a mounted battle unit. But the US Congress was not totally guilty of not wanting, prior to the US Civil War, a top notch cavalry. In fact, as the war began, the top general in the Union was Winfield Scott. He was convinced that the Union did not even need a cavalry. He pointed out that the wooded territories in the South, and its swamps would limit the effectiveness of mounted troops. He believed that on the battlefields, soldiers with rifles combined with artillery, would eliminate the danger of the enemy's cavalry. The Union's Department of War followed Scott's beliefs and would not accept cavalry units offered by Union states. When it was finally realized this was a mistake, growth of the cavalry was slowed down by the lack of horses and other required supplies needed to field a significant cavalry force. On the other hand, the Confederacy, welcomed the formation of cavalry units. In addition, simply based on Southern traditions, their large expanse of thinly populated territory had already a generation of mounted men.
What type of battle formations were designated for cavalry units in the US Civil War?
How significant were cavalry forces in the US Civil War Battle of Gettysburg?
Asked in Texas
Where is the US Cavalry Memorial Foundation in Wylie Texas located?
What Napoleonic Era tactic did commanders in the US Civil War use the least?
US Civil War commanders avoided what had been a successful tactic in the Napoleonic era of warfare. This was the European reliance on heavy cavalry in battle. Part of this in the US was the lack of a cavalry tradition within the US military for each side. Part of the reason was based on vast amounts of forested topography. There was also the understanding that charging rifled armed infantry was a potential disaster. With that said, cavalry was used but in a unique manner. When confronting infantry, cavalry soldiers often dismounted to fight. By the use of rifles and sabers. In a manner of speaking, the cavalry became mounted infantry.