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The Old Army

June 2024
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In scoffing at horses, Mr. Smith overlooks the fact that in World War II both Germans and Russians used many, in both horse cavalry and field artillery. The Russians are said to have ended with fifty horse-mounted divisions, and the very last successful horse-mounted charge was by a Polish squadron fighting for the Russians in Pomerania on March 1, 1945. The American infantry used pack mules in Italy, and a Filipino horse-mounted regiment, with white West Point officers, fought effectively on Bataan. Throughout the war our Mexican border was guarded by a horse-mounted black regiment.

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