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Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:47 am

The Soviets deployed 3.5 million horses. Germany - deployed 2.75 million horses. The US deployed 52,000 horses.

The Soviets deployed 80 light Calvary horse Divisions. Germany deployed 6 Calvary Divisions. The US deployed 13 Calvary regiments.

WWII was the last significant use of Horses in warfare. The horse was used extensively in WWI.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby greybeard » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:28 am

"Armed with just long sticks, you're going against machine guns...
Last real US calvary charge was in the Philipines in WW2 after the Japanese had invaded those islands.. They ended up butchering and eating their own horses..
One of the last 'great' calvary charges was in ww1, re-enacted in the movie The Lighthorsemen--not a bad movie either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yuZ4vowQJc

Italians did it in WW2 too.
http://www.history.com/news/the-last-ma ... -years-ago
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:32 am

greybeard wrote:"Armed with just long sticks, you're going against machine guns...
Last real US calvary charge was in the Philipines in WW2 after the Japanese had invaded those islands.. They ended up butchering and eating their own horses..
One of the last 'great' calvary charges was in ww1, re-enacted in the movie The Lighthorsemen--not a bad movie either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yuZ4vowQJc

Italians did it in WW2 too.
http://www.history.com/news/the-last-ma ... -years-ago


I have that movie on DVD. Not bad.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby Bigfoot » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:00 pm

As a kid (been years ago), I frequently spoke with a gentleman that served in WW II in some capacity dealing with pack horses. I remember him saying they cut bells in their tails, to denote what unit they were in.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby greybeard » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:33 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
greybeard wrote:"Armed with just long sticks, you're going against machine guns...
Last real US calvary charge was in the Philipines in WW2 after the Japanese had invaded those islands.. They ended up butchering and eating their own horses..
One of the last 'great' calvary charges was in ww1, re-enacted in the movie The Lighthorsemen--not a bad movie either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yuZ4vowQJc

Italians did it in WW2 too.
http://www.history.com/news/the-last-ma ... -years-ago


I have that movie on DVD. Not bad.


Rifle sights didn't change much between the world wars.
I think about that movie every time I use my sks

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Postby ga.prime » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:58 pm

My great great granddaddy had to walk home to Montgomery County Ga. from Appomattox because yankees took his horse.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:29 pm

greybeard wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
greybeard wrote:"Armed with just long sticks, you're going against machine guns...
Last real US calvary charge was in the Philipines in WW2 after the Japanese had invaded those islands.. They ended up butchering and eating their own horses..
One of the last 'great' calvary charges was in ww1, re-enacted in the movie The Lighthorsemen--not a bad movie either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yuZ4vowQJc

Italians did it in WW2 too.
http://www.history.com/news/the-last-ma ... -years-ago


I have that movie on DVD. Not bad.


Rifle sights didn't change much between the world wars.
I think about that movie every time I use my sks

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A total guess. Was the bolt rifles used at that time by the British, chambered in 303 calibre?
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby Supa Dexta » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:09 pm

Yeah a lot of 303s still kicking around here. Everyones father had one as their deer rifle.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:25 pm

ga.prime wrote:My great great granddaddy had to walk home to Montgomery County Ga. from Appomattox because yankees took his horse.


Try Texas that’s how mine got home, what was left of his unit walked back.
They didn’t have a horse to start with infantry under Work in Hoods brigrade.
His regiment sustained the highest losses of any Union or Confederate for one day.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby melking » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:57 pm

ga.prime wrote:My great great granddaddy had to walk home to Montgomery County Ga. from Appomattox because yankees took his horse.

Dam yankee bastads
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Postby wbvs58 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:11 pm

greybeard wrote:"Armed with just long sticks, you're going against machine guns...
Last real US calvary charge was in the Philipines in WW2 after the Japanese had invaded those islands.. They ended up butchering and eating their own horses..
One of the last 'great' calvary charges was in ww1, re-enacted in the movie The Lighthorsemen--not a bad movie either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yuZ4vowQJc

Italians did it in WW2 too.
http://www.history.com/news/the-last-ma ... -years-ago


Members of the Australian Light Horse association have just done a 100yr anniversary reenactment of the charge at Beersheba. The aim of the Light Horse was primarily to travel to the battle and then fight conventional warfare with horses behind the lines. At Beersheba things were desperate to secure water so it was decided to charge on horseback and it was very successfull catching the Turks by surprise capturing the objective with very minimal loss of life, one of the last great cavalry charges.

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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby cowboy43 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:48 pm

24 years after WW 2 ended in 1945 USA landed 2 men on the moon in 1969. That would be like 1993 to 2017. It seems like we have done nothing but fight wars in the last 24 years.
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Postby TexasBred » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:09 pm

melking wrote:
ga.prime wrote:My great great granddaddy had to walk home to Montgomery County Ga. from Appomattox because yankees took his horse.

Dam yankee bastads

Yanks were hungry too. :nod:
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby TexasBred » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:14 pm

cowboy43 wrote:24 years after WW 2 ended in 1945 USA landed 2 men on the moon in 1969. That would be like 1993 to 2017. It seems like we have done nothing but fight wars in the last 24 years.

The computer used to get those spacecraft to the moon wouldn't even begin to compare with your little IPhone computer. That's how far we've come in one area. Personally I don't care if we ever go to the moon again or visit the closest planet with humans.
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Re: Deployment of Horses in WWII

Postby greybeard » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:33 pm

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