British Cavalryman vs German Cavalryman

British Cavalryman vs German Cavalryman

Belgium and France 1914

Combat 66
  • Author: Alan Steele
  • Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
  • Short code: CBT 66
  • Publication Date: 18 Aug 2022
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Fully illustrated, this book casts light on the utility and role of the German and British cavalry in the early stages of World War I on the Western Front.

In the early months of World War I, before the fighting degenerated into static trench warfare, there was a brief period of mobile combat as the German Army advanced through Belgium and northern France, forcing the French and British forces facing them to retreat. Both sides in the escalating conflict deployed substantial numbers of cavalry units to screen their infantry forces, conduct reconnaissance and harness their superior mobility to undertake aggressive combat operations. In the summer of 1914, the British cavalry had the difficult task of covering the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force and the German cavalry, the equally demanding task, after weeks of combat and forced marches, of maintaining contact with a rapidly retiring enemy.

In this book a comparative assessment is made of each side's doctrine, organization, equipment and training, followed by a detailed analysis of their actual performance in three key encounter actions: Casteau/Soignies (22 August), Cérizy/Moÿ (28 August) and Le Montcel/Frétoy (7 September). This analysis is supported by carefully chosen photographs and specially commissioned full-colour artwork and maps.

Biographical Note

Alan Steele joined the British Army in 1998 and served for 21 years, deploying on operations to Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Afghanistan. His first degree was in Ancient History and ever since discovering Xenophon, who wrote the earliest extant Western texts on horsemanship and the command of cavalry, he has been fascinated by cavalry warfare. Raffaele Ruggeri has long been interested in military history and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey.


The Opposing Sides
Casteau, 22 August 1914
Cérizy-Moÿ, 28 August 1914
Le Montcel, 7 September 1914
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