Cavalry from Hoof to Track

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - History - 276 pages
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For centuries, mounted cavalry dominated the battlefield through shock and mobility. Man maintained a symbiotic relationship with the horse, which became particularly sacrosanct on the battlefield and even created a new, exalted social class. These mounted warriors sought to preserve their prestige despite the advent of new technologies threatening to render them obsolete. In "Cavalry from Hoof to Track," Roman Jarymowycz traces the evolution of the cavalry from the warhorse to the armored tank and demonstrates how its survival is a history of determined and creative responses to the changing dynamics of modern warfare. Ultimately, he argues, the very concept of cavalry exists as its own state of mind.

The cavalry and its doctrine are misunderstood, and its tactics and operations remain a mystery for many civilians. New technology and the increased integration of the armed forces create the illusion that the cavalry no longer exists as a distinct military entity and philosophy. Jarymowycz clarifies these misconceptions by offering a comprehensible overview while explaining military terminology and outlining basic cavalry principles. The book concludes by suggesting how the cavalry will continue to evolve in response to contemporary third world conflicts, perhaps even reverting to its original, tactical role of close quarter combat.

  

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Contents

1 Cavalry and the Operational Art
1
2 The Classical Horse
8
Mongol Cavalry
22
4 The Medieval Cavalry
34
Cavalry and the Lace Wars
55
Cavalry Becomes an Operational Arm
72
Ulm to Waterloo
78
From Balaclava to Gettysburg
92
A photo essay follows page 152
152
Toward an Epiphanic Moment
153
The American Apocalypse
176
The Horse within Blitzkrieg
184
The Russian Warhorse and the Tank
193
Pegasus ex Machina
197
Hoofed and Tracked
210
18 The Deliquescence of the Cavalry
220

From MarsLaTour to Little Bighorn From the Sudan to Manchuria
107
The Golden Summer
123
Tactical Stalemate and Quest for Breakthrough
144
Notes
229
Index
267
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About the author (2008)

Roman Jarymowycz is a lecturer at the Royal Military College of Canada.

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