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Cavalrymen Looking for New Mounts and a Tactical Doctrine

George F. Hofmann

in Through Mobility We Conquer

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124032.003.0006
Cavalrymen Looking for New Mounts and a Tactical Doctrine

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This chapter examines the struggle of the U.S. Army cavalry to find new mounts and a tactical doctrine. It discusses criticisms of the mechanized cavalry, including its vulnerability to antitank weapons and its inability to function as soon as the fuel is exhausted, unlike horses. The chapter also explains the underlying principles of the tentative Tactical Employment of the Mechanized Division and The Tactical Employment of Cavalry, which highlighted principles and methods applicable to both horse and mechanized cavalry.

Keywords: U.S. Army; cavalry; tactical doctrine; antitank weapons; Mechanized Division; Tactical Employment

Chapter.  16873 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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