Cavalry: The History Of A Fighting Elite 650 BC - 1914 AD by V. Vuksic, Z. Grbasic

By V. Vuksic, Z. Grbasic

Over a hundred colour work of fastened cavalry in the course of the centuries--in the main spectacularly illustrated publication at the topic ever published--highlight this tribute to 2,500 years of history's such a lot attention-grabbing battling strength. From the early upward thrust of Assyrians, Persians, Carthaginians, and Romans, view the ascendency of Parthians, Goths, Byzantines, Mongols, and the Ottoman Empire, and keep on with it to the 20th-century triumphs of Texas Rangers, Russian Cossacks, Bengal Lancers, and the Royal Canadian fastened Police.

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In the South African (Boer) War (1899-1902), Great Britain used 18 cavalry regiments, which fought on foot most of the time. On the other hand, the Boers, using fast horses adapted to the local climate, 36 EPILOGUE mounted very successful guerrilla operations. Only once did the British undertake a large-scale cavalry operation: in February 1900, in the relief of the besieged town of Kimberley, a cavalry division 3,000 men strong took part, under the command of Sir John French, and backed by seven batteries of horse artillery was the largest cavalry force fielded since the Battle of Waterloo.

Because of their weight, and the types of horses they rode, cuirassiers and carabiniers could not move fast and far. They therefore took 31 French carabinier, 1812 CAVALRY - HISTORY, TACTICS AND O R G A N I Z A T I O N Swedish officer, dragoons, 1806 Officer, French Guard Chasseurs, 1805 up positions behind the lines, and awaited the signal for a mass charge. The medium cavalry consisted of the dragoons, whose versatility made them the most numerous of the cavalry troops. When firearms appeared, an infantryman placed on a horse became a dragoon, and in time, dragoons became cavalrymen trained to fight on foot.

40 3 Persian Extra-heavy Cavalryman fourth century BC The epitaph on the tomb of King Darius I (522-486BC) reads: 'I was a great rider and a great hunter, for me nothing was impossible'. It is inconceivable that a ruler of a few centuries before would have wanted that inscription on his tomb, but cavalry had gained in status and even kings had started to ride. Hunting remained one of the main pleasures of the nobility, and to hunt with bow in the Iranian steppes one had to ride well; this was another source of good horsemen for the Persian cavalry.

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