From Horses to Horsepower

The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry, 1916-1950

Alexander Bielakowski

Following World War I, horse cavalry entered a period during which it fought for its very existence against mechanized vehicles. On the Western Front, the stalemate of trench warfare became the defining image of the war throughout the world.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557211
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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Overview
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Following World War I, horse cavalry entered a period during which it fought for its very existence against mechanized vehicles. On the Western Front, the stalemate of trench warfare became the defining image of the war throughout the world. While horse cavalry remained idle in France, the invention of the tank and its potential for success led many non-cavalry officers to accept the notion that the era of horse cavalry had passed. During the interwar period, a struggle raged within the U.S. Cavalry regarding its future role, equipment, and organization. Some cavalry officers argued that mechanized vehicles supplanted horses as the primary means of combat mobility within the cavalry, while others believed that the horse continued to occupy that role. The response of prominent cavalry officers to this struggle influenced the form and function of the U.S. Cavalry during World War II.

About The Author
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Alexander M. Bielakowski is a former U.S. Army reserve officer who has published on such diverse topics as Polish Americans in the Civil War, African Americans in World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander of Nato, and Vietnam War movies. He has authored or co-authored three monographs as well as edited a two-volume reference work. He spent more than a decade educating military officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal ‘U.S. Military History Review’ and a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown.

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