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Axis Cavalry in World War II

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It is often forgotten that the German Wehrmacht of 1939-45 relied heavily upon horses. Not only was the majority of Army transport and much of the artillery dependent on draught horse teams; the Germans also kept a horse-mounted cavalry division in the field until the end of 1941. After withdrawing it, they discovered a need to revive and greatly expand their cavalry units in 1943-45. The Army and Waffen-SS cavalry proved their worth on the Russian Front, supported by other Axis cavalry contingents - Romanian, ...

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Overview

It is often forgotten that the German Wehrmacht of 1939-45 relied heavily upon horses. Not only was the majority of Army transport and much of the artillery dependent on draught horse teams; the Germans also kept a horse-mounted cavalry division in the field until the end of 1941. After withdrawing it, they discovered a need to revive and greatly expand their cavalry units in 1943-45. The Army and Waffen-SS cavalry proved their worth on the Russian Front, supported by other Axis cavalry contingents - Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, and locally recruited. In this book an experienced horseman describes that last generation of horse-soldiers in a text supported by tables, photographs, and meticulous colour plates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841763231
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Men-at-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,439,802
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Jeffrey T. Fowler is a retired US Army historian and military police officer who served in Korea and Germany. He is the director of a security-consulting firm in the American Midwest. His passions are military history, weapons, dogs, and horses. This is his first book for Osprey.

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