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Deployment of Horses in WWII

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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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greybeard":1jo57lne said:
"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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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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Bright Raven":30oam63d said:
greybeard":30oam63d said:
"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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My great great granddaddy had to walk home to Montgomery County Ga. from Appomattox because yankees took his horse.
 
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greybeard":3nmqdv7g said:
Bright Raven":3nmqdv7g said:
greybeard":3nmqdv7g said:
"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


A total guess. Was the bolt rifles used at that time by the British, chambered in 303 calibre?
 

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Yeah a lot of 303s still kicking around here. Everyones father had one as their deer rifle.
 

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ga.prime":12as77vy said:
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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greybeard":2h0wsdoy said:
"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.

Ken
 

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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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cowboy43":2vohlx9c said:
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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