The “Great Cavalry Debate” over New Opportunities

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:
The “Great Cavalry Debate” over New Opportunities

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This chapter examines the debate over new opportunities to improve the U.S. cavalry during the mid-1930s. It discusses the merging of the First and the Thirteenth Mechanized Cavalry into the Seventh Cavalry Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Van Voorhis. The chapter also mentions the Seventh Cavalry Brigade's maneuvers and exercises at Fort Riley, where the reconnaissance troop had shown its capabilities in gathering intelligence and the machine gun troop in holding vital terrain captured by the attacking force.

Keywords: U.S. cavalry; Seventh Cavalry Brigade; Daniel Van Voorhis; reconnaissance troop; machine gun troop

Chapter.  22090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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